Elon Musk and his company, SpaceX, have successfully launched the world’s biggest rocket into space.
The Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center to cheers from the assembled crowd — a moment that must have been a boon for Musk and his private space-venture, which eventually hopes to transport people to Mars.
The moment was so magnificent, as a matter of fact, that every news network pulled away from an official White House press briefing in order to cover the launch.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 6, 2018
Musk used the infamous launching pad 39A for the liftoff, which launched Apollo 11 in 1969, the first mission that took astronauts to the moon, and the first space shuttle launch in 1981.
The Falcon Heavy was designed to lift heavy payloads, up to 140,000 pounds, to low-Earth orbit. This functionality would be extremely useful in hauling building materials into space, in the case of the building of a space station or a manufacturing facility for spacefaring vessels. It will also be used in the launching of space probes and satellites.
It has been announced that Musk actually placed a Tesla Roadster automobile inside of the rocket as a personal memento. Yeah. He sent one of his own cars into space. Nobody ever said the guy was bad at cross-promotion.
Watch above, via CNN.
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