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SpaceX launch rocket - dazzling the southern California skies

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By Euronews
SpaceX launch rocket - dazzling the southern California skies

American company Space X have launched a Falcon 9 rocket from their base in California.

The rocket, which is the 18th launched by Space X this year carried 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into space. The satellites are replacing a number of aging low-Earth-orbit mobile voice and data relay stations.

The network mean that Iridium's users can make satellite phone calls from anywhere on earth.

It was the fourth batch in a $3 billion 81-satellite constellation. Iridium have been using Space X to put 75 of the 81 planned satellites into orbit.

The launch meant a dazzling night-time display for residents in Southern-California. Local news stations were inundated with phone calls as residents rang in to ask what had caused the bright lights which briefly lit-up the skies.

Space X founder Elon Musk had some fun with the launch, retweeting one California resident who worried she was witnessing a nuclear explosion.

In spite of Space X and the Los Angeles Fire Department advising locals of the satellite launch there were still those who were convinced what they were seeing was extra terrestrial.

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The company later tweeted that all 10 of the satellites were sending signals back to earth.

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The launch is the company's final venture of 2017. They expect to finish replacing all the satellites within the new year.