SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Blasts Off
February 7, 2018
The private space company SpaceX launched its largest rocket yet
Tuesday, sending a sports car into orbit around the sun.
The Falcon Heavy rocket blasted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center
on the same launch pad from which NASA's Apollo 11 lifted off in 1969 on
the first mission that flew astronauts to the moon.
The rocket is equipped with
three boosters and 27 engines designed to provide more than 2 million
kilograms of thrust. If successful, it will be the most powerful rocket
in use today, and the most powerful used since NASA's Saturn 5 rockets
last carried astronauts to the moon 45 years ago.
The Falcon Heavy was first designed to send humans to the moon or Mars,
but Musk said Monday it is now being considered as a carrier of
equipment and supplies to deep space destinations.
such test rockets usually use items like steel or concrete slabs as
payload, a cherry red Tesla roadster electric sports car has been placed
on top of the rocket.
With a mannequin "Starman" sitting at the wheel, the plan is for the car
to be set in an orbit around the sun.
In a tweet last month, Musk said he loves the thought of a car driving —
apparently endlessly through space and, perhaps being discovered by an
alien race millions of years in the future.
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