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SpaceX rocket loaded with spy satellites seen over downtown Los Angeles

A SpaceX rocket carrying a set of spy satellites for the US government was seen flying over downtown Los Angeles overnight.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in Santa Barbara County around 1 a.m.

The launch was part of a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) mission, according to a Space.com report.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is seen above the skyline of downtown Los Angeles on May 22, 2024.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is seen over the skyline of downtown Los Angeles on May 22, 2024. (KNN.News)

Very little has been revealed about the spy satellites.

“We don’t know much about the payloads sent into space as part of the NROL-146 mission, which is not surprising; the NRO generally reveals little about the activities and capabilities of its satellites,” the report states.

The video captured the rocket flying over the downtown Los Angeles skyline during the early morning hours.

The rocket successfully landed about 9 minutes after launch on the Of Course I Still Love You unmanned ship in the Pacific Ocean.