However, some Twitter users were so startled by the sight that they thought aliens were getting ready to touch down on Earth.
ALIENS ARE REAL pic.twitter.com/yh88VOh4w6
— Nate Garner (@natekgarner) October 8, 2018
— anna konkle (@annakonk) October 8, 2018
What’s going on in la. If that’s an alien I AM DOWN TAKE ME AWAY pic.twitter.com/rneHeChL5c
— CRAY (@craysounds_) October 8, 2018
The return of the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage to Earth was part of the company’s continued effort to decrease the cost of its launches by reusing rockets rather than losing them in the ocean, The Associated Press reported.
Successful landings have already occurred on land in Florida and at sea on droneships.
Nope, definitely not aliens.What you’re looking at is the first launch and landing of the @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the West Coast. The rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:21 p.m. and landed safely back on Earth. ? pic.twitter.com/8AKjGptpps
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) October 8, 2018
— David Biggar (@DavidNBCLA) October 8, 2018
— Jillian Stampher (@JillianStampher) October 8, 2018