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Musk driving the Mars story

Musk driving the Mars story

After successfully launching the world's most powerful rocket named Falcon Heavy, looks like Elon Musk-owned SpaceX has defied its own target.

Space X's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday, as shown in a video posted to social media. They burst into celebrations once it had achieved a successful launch, with 100,000 spectators also watching what was one of the most anticipated rocket launches in the past few years.

The rocket released a red electric convertible sports auto, the Tesla Roadster, carrying a mannequin in a space suit dubbed "Starman", after the David Bowie song.

"I'm still trying to absorb everything that happened because it's still kind of surreal to me", Musk told reporters after the launch.

Going along for the ride in a bit of playful cross-promotional space theatre was the sleek red, electric-powered sports auto from the assembly line of Musk's other transportation enterprise, Tesla Inc.

Tuesday's launch of the world's most powerful rocket - the Falcon Heavy - has garnered plenty of reaction, from awe to some gentle ribbing.

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A third booster, or the centre core of the rocket, was supposed to land on a floating barge in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but that did not go as planned. The vehicle stereo was, of course, set to play David Bowie's identically named track on a loop. The engine can be restarted multiple times to place payloads into a variety of orbits including low Earth, geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) and geosynchronous orbit (GSO). Cape Canaveral in Florida burst out in excitement as the massive Falcon Heavy rocked of SpaceX fired its 27 engines to send Tesla Roadster with its unique driver into the orbit.

He announced previous year he planned to put his auto on the inaugural Falcon Heavy flight.

In a tweet last month, Musk said he loves the thought of a vehicle driving -apparently endlessly through space and, perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future.

First of all, the Falcon Heavy middle buster, the one that carried the payload the furthest, did not make a safe return.

What's the best part of the SpaceX mission?

Saturn V, which took astronauts to the Moon, could handle more payload, as could the Soviet-era Energia.


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