Falcon Heavy: Elon Musk's giant SpaceX rocket makes triumphant launch
The Guardian / U.S. Edition
- SpaceX rocket lifts off on trailblazing deep space mission
- At least two of three reusable rockets return safely to Earth
- Space oddity: how Elon Musk and SpaceX sent a car towards Mars
- Space X Falcon Heavy launch – as it happened
See Falcon Heavy's launch here: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/06/falcon-heavy-spacex-rocket-florida-launch
The Falcon Heavy, which will provide the United States a heavy-lift capability in space not seen since the Saturn V rockets of the Apollo era, made a flawless ascent through clear blue skies, with at least two of its three reusable boosters returning safely to earth.
The spectacular, flame-heavy launch was watched by an estimated half-million spectators who packed the beaches and other key vantage points around Florida’s space coast for the biggest fireworks show since the retirement of Nasa’s space shuttle fleet in 2011.
Falcon’s upper stage and test payload, the whimsical touch of Musk’s $100,000 cherry red Tesla Roadster sports car, and a dummy in its driver’s seat called Starman rocking to David Bowie’s Life on Mars, continued, zapping through the Van Allen Belt.