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The Falcon Heavy launching from Kennedy Space Center, Florida

The Falcon Heavy launching from Kennedy Space Center, Florida

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The Falcon Heavy launching from Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Kaia Patel, Staff Writer

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On Tuesday, February 6th, at 3:45 pm, SpaceX successfully launched their rocket, Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX is headed by billionaire Elon Musk, Tesla CEO. This unexpectedly successful launch has made Musk the owner of the world’s most powerful operational rocket.

SpaceX’s livestream of the launch was viewed by nearly 3 million people, as well as Floridian onlookers, all cheering on the rocket as it was making history.

In addition to the Falcon Heavy’s smooth launch, SpaceX was able to guide two of the three rocket boosters of Falcon Heavy to land simultaneously upright on Earth the Kennedy Space Center’s landing pad. Musk’s personal Tesla, the Roadster, is currently heading into space, with a dummy in a space suit at the wheel. In December of 2017, Musk said that the car would play David Bowie’s Space Oddity nonstop as it sailed around Earth. His response as to why he wanted to launch the vehicle was, “I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race in the future.”

Musk said that he plans to send the Falcon Heavy into orbit around the sun. This revolutionary technology has changed our current knowledge and allowed us to come closer to the future.

Sophomore Audrey Compiano said, “It’s so exciting how our world is constantly changing due to technology. If we can now send cars into space, what’s going to happen next?” According to Musk, the Falcon Heavy could one day in the future send people to Mars. Would any of our own Falcons be up to going to Mars?

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