SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch in pictures

Space X rocket Taken

SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket now in use, on February 6, 2018 from Cape Canaveral as hundreds of thousands of people gathered from across the world to witness a part of history.

As its payload, the test rocket carried Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster and a dummy named "Starman" wearing one of SpaceX's spacesuits.

The launch was broadcast on YouTube and treated audiences to an incredible view of the vehicle circling around earth.

But as it turned out, Musk had nothing to worry about, and the Falcon Heavy took off in what was apparently a flawless lift-off.

Cameras mounted on the auto fed video images of Starman travelling around Earth, looking akin to a Sunday driver with its right hand on the wheel and the left arm resting on the car's door.

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Also along for the ride is a sign that reads "Don't Panic!", a copy of "Foundation" by Isaac Asimov and a plaque featuring the signatures of the some-6,000 SpaceX employees.

Mr Musk tweeted overnight that the Roadster had exceeded the red planet's orbit and had continued towards the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, a more distant trajectory than anticipated, nearly reaching the orbit of dwarf planet Ceres.

The Falcon Heavy consists of three Falcon 9s, which is now the rocket SpaceX uses to transport supplies from Earth to the International Space Station.

Musk wasn't without his doubts, after yesterday saying he was "giddy" with excitement: "I had this image of just a giant explosion on the pad, a wheel bouncing down the road". But fortunately that's not what happened. NASA has been encouraged to utilize the Falcon Heavy rocket over their own Space Launch System rocket, that is now being developed with the goal of taking astronauts back to the moon. Yes, an actual vehicle launched at a speed of 18,000 miles per hour and is now cruising around Earth, awaiting a final boost to propel it into interplanetary orbit.

Watch below again the unbelievable landings of the two reusable Falcon booster rockets at Kennedy Space Center.


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