Space X Falcon 9 rocket California launch seen in Graham and Greenlee counties

Photo By Space X: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 53 Starlink internet satellites from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base on Oct. 27, 2022.

Company reportedly launched 53 Starlink satellites 

By Jon Johnson

GRAHAM AND GREENLEE COUNTIES – The skies over Graham and Greenlee counties were illuminated with a mysterious glowing object Thursday night, but it wasn’t a meteor but rather a Space X launch from California. 

According to the agency, a Falcon 9 rocket launched 53 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from its Space Launch Complex in Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. 

The Falcon 9’s initial stage later returned to Earth and landed on Space X’s drone ship “Of Course, I Still Love You,” in the Pacific Ocean. 

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Alysha Gardner: The Space X Falcon 9 rocket is seen from the Morenci area Thursday night.

The rocket lifted off at about 6:14 p.m., Pacific, and was the eighth successful mission for the booster. 

As the Falcon 9’s upper stage continued to low earth orbit to deploy its satellites, the glow could easily be seen throughout Graham and Greenlee counties. 

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Kelly Wright: This photo was taken from Roper Lake State Park and captures the Falcon 9 rocket as it appears to fly past Mount Graham.