SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch

SpaceX launched the most powerful rocket on earth from Cape Canaveral today. The Falcon Heavy contains 27 engines producing five million pounds of thrust at liftoff. The launch was conducted from launchpad LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center, which SpaceX has leased from NASA, the same launchpad that Apollo 11 and the space shuttle used. The payload on this unmanned flight is Elon Musk's personal red Tesla car, which the rocket will deploy into an orbit around the sun -if everything goes as planned.    

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The two side boosters returned to earth in a beautiful simultaneous landing. The third center booster did not land as planned on a drone ship in the Atlantic.

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The Falcon Heavy mission has been years in coming, and the successful launch puts the private company SpaceX ahead in its plans for taking a manned mission to Mars. You can read more about the Falcon Heavy mission at The Verge. As of now, the rocket is in orbit. You can follow the rest of the mission in a livestream from SpaceX. 


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