|Launch of Falcon Heavy
|Landing of First Stages
SpaceX spent years developing the rocket, which will be capable of carrying larger satellites to orbit, larger rovers and probes to Mars and other planets, and astronauts beyond earth orbit. With refueling, the FH could even send astronauts to land on the moon and perhaps Mars.
Elon Musk, president of SpaceX had predicted a high chance of failure with this new design, but it performed flawlessly.
Oh, the payload was Elon Musk's Tesla roadster, the first car in space, which is on course to pass Mars and orbit in space for perhaps a billion years.
|Car in Space!
View the videos of the launch, first stage landings and the Tesla car in space:
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Photo credits: SpaceX