SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday afternoon.
A few things to know about the Falcon Heavy:
- It’s the most powerful rocket to be launched since the Saturn V carried astronauts to the moon.
- It’s the most powerful rocket in use today by a factor of two
- It’s capable of carrying 140,000 pounds of cargo into low-Earth orbit.
As important as the launch itself was the fact that the two side boosters returned safely to Earth. The reusability of rockets, which SpaceX has pioneered, will be one of the most important factors to becoming an interplanetary species.
Oh… And did we mention that the Falcon Heavy was carrying Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster, which could orbit Mars for millions of years?
View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth. pic.twitter.com/QljN2VnL1O
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018