Elon Musk’s SpaceX-developed Falcon 9 rocket was able to penetrate the ionosphere during its latest launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on July 19, scientists observed in a startling discovery.
As stated on SpaceX’s official website, the Falcon 9 rocket, a two-stage, reusable spacecraft designed to reliably and safely transport payloads to Earth orbit and beyond, has made an impressive 240 launches and 198 landings to date.
SpaceX proudly claims that its Falcon 9 is the world’s first orbital-class reusable rocket, marking a significant advance in space exploration and satellite deployment capabilities.
The July 19 launch caught the attention of astrophysicist Jeff Baumgardner from Boston University, who noticed a faint red glow during the rocket’s ascent. Fascinated by this unexpected observation, Baumgardner began a detailed analysis of the phenomenon.
Upon thorough investigation, the physicist revealed that the mysterious red glow was a direct result of the rocket’s action, which created a hole in the ionosphere.