Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy rocket launched successfully from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida earlier this week. Musk, The SpaceX CEO, said that the chances of a successful launch might only be 50-50. The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket since the Space Shuttle, and it lifted clear of its pad without incident on February 6, 2018.
The aim was to send a car and a space-suited mannequin strapped in the driver’s seat to Mars’ orbit. It might be a long journey for the mannequin, but the radio is set to play David Bowie on repeat. All three boosters returned to Earth, with two landing successfully on landing pads in Florida, and the third missing the target vessel and being destroyed in the Atlantic Ocean.
This launch has demonstrated the capability of successfully launching large and powerful rockets, which opens up many exciting possibilities. Among those possibilities are more and bigger satellites, more and bigger robots to Mars, and huge telescopes. But these large and powerful rockets are still low-budget, thanks to the recovery and reuse of the boosters. Musk believes this will be a game-changer in the rocket business.
Managing Correspondent: Allie Hexley
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