All of SpaceX’s trial and error has been leading up to this — a successful launch of the world’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy. The mega rocket launch was delayed today after heavy winds threatened to scrap the event altogether. When it was time for launch, SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk briefly spoke about the payload he was sending into space.
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When the time came, Elon Musk revealed that he was launching his cherry red Tesla Roadster with the rocket. The car’s destination is near Mars, the Daily Mail reported.
At 3:45 the massive rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Eight minutes later, the rocket’s side boosters landed successfully on a separate launching pad. The launch of the Falcon Heavy foreshadowed all other events today. People from all over Florida pulled off on the side of the road to watch the launch.
The Falcon Heavy, whose power is equivalent to eighteen 747 Boeings, successfully took off from the same launch pad that the Apollo 11used almost 50 years ago.
In the video, you can hear the roar of thousands who had been working tirelessly on this project for years.
“You can feel the energy,” Dale Ketcham, an executive at Space Florida said. “It’s been a long time since we had so much enthusiasm. And everyone and their brother is trying to remember whatever favor they might have done for us to get a pass.”
If all goes well, the rocket will launch Musk’s convertible car into Mar’s orbit. SpaceX made history yet again as they have successfully become the first privately funded company to launch a rocket with a payload from earth.
Musk understands the risks and the successes it took to get him and his company where they are today. By the billionaire’s calculations, it will take six months for his car to reach Mars.
When NASA ended its space program in 2011, there was outcry and dismay. Thankfully, SpaceX proved today that space travel is not dead nor will it be any time in the near future.
Check out the impressive launch below.