Last night, SpaceX pulled off its final mission of 2017, launching a Falcon 9 rocket out of California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base — and that flight created a spectacular sight in the night sky. The setting sun illuminated the rocket’s expelled gas just right, creating a beautiful white plume above the Earth. But as pretty as the show was, it also led to quite a bit of concern in nearby Los Angeles.
But many in the City of Angels didn’t exactly know that a rocket launch was happening nearby, leading many to think they had just seen a UFO or that some kind of missile attack was happening. And SpaceX CEO Elon Musk didn’t exactly help matters, joking that the launch was a “Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea.”
Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea pic.twitter.com/GUIHpKkkp5
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 23 December 2017
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