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Was it UFO? Missile test over Los Angeles makes people’s hair stand on end

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Los Angeles: Residents of Los Angeles could not believe their eyes on Sunday as they watched an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) zooming past over them.

Later, it was revealed that it was a missile test off the California coast but not before it sparked frenzy on social media, with #UFO, #comet and #navy trending, as flabbergasted people uploaded videos and pictures of a bright light illuminating the night skies.

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Shane Dawson, well known for his YouTube videos, tweeted

The San Diego Union-Tribune said the streaking light was visible as far away as Nevada and Arizona and authorities were reportedly flooded with calls.

However just when some were predicting the end of the world, officials cleared up the mystery.

“Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted [a] scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class SSBN, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California,” Navy Commander Ryan Perry said in a statement.

“The tests were part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test.”

(With inputs from agencies)

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SpaceX to build Mars rockets in Los Angeles

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Spacecraft to Mars will be built by SpaceX. Pixabay

The Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which will be used to explore Mars — a goal that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hopes to accomplish by 2022 — will be built in the Port of Los Angeles, media reports said.

According to a report in CNET on Saturday, the LA Board of Harbor Commissioners gave its unanimous approval to permit SpaceX to build the BFR Mars rocket at a new facility on Terminal Island at the Port of Los Angeles.

The rockets will be made in Los Angeles. VOA

The report said the new rocket manufacturing facility would be built on a 19-acre parcel on the mostly artificial island that’s part of the port. The facility would provide employment to as many as 700 people, as per SpaceX.

The reason of building the rocket at the port and not at the company’s inland headquarters in Hawthorne, California, is due to the size of BFR.

Also Read: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 with first broadband internet satellites

BFR would be so large that it would have to be transported on an ocean-going barge to Cape Canaveral, Florida, via the Panama Canal. As per the information provided by Musk, SpaceX’s huge new rocket would be nearly 350 feet tall and span 30 feet in diameter. Meanwhile, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Twitter: “This is a vehicle that holds the promise of taking humanity deeper into the cosmos than ever before.”

The project is ambitious. VOA

“And this isn’t just about reaching into the heavens. It’s about creating jobs right here on Earth,” the Mayor added. SpaceX would pay the Port of Los Angeles $1.38 million per year under its lease agreement for the Berth 240 location, Spaceflight Now website reported. IANS

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