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Rocket launches 300 miles away, visible in desert sky last night

If you were one of the hi desert residents who saw the squiggly cloud in the sky last night – that was from a rocket launching out of Vandenberg Space Force Base – located about 300 miles west of Joshua Tree. The rocket lifted off right before 7:30PM – it was a private spacecraft from Firefly Aerospace based out of Texas.

This is the third launch for the aerospace company – their first rocket launch in September of 2021 ended in a fireball when one of the rocket’s engines failed.

Because of the private launch – there were no details of the rocket’s payload or purpose – but it did leave a neat mark in the western skies last night. 

Listener and weather-photographer Timothy Curry sent in this photo of the launch’s aftermath.

Photo courtesy of Tim Curry

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Robert Haydon is the Online News Editor at Z107.7 He graduated from University of Oregon's School of Journalism, with a specialty in Electronic Media. Over the years, he has worked in television news, documentary film, and advertising and marketing.…

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