SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch was an incredible success — here are the best moments

Falcon Heavy taking off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Falcon Heavy taking off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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  • SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket into space on Tuesday.
  • So far, everything has gone according to plan – two of the three boosters landed back in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster is headed toward the Asteroid Belt.
  • Here are some of the best photos and moments from the launch.

We have liftoff.

SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket – the company’s biggest – into space on Tuesday.

Falcon Heavy left the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 3:45 p.m. ET after some initial delays. The rocket planned to carry Elon Musk’s midnight-cherry-red Tesla Roadster out to Mars orbit – though it managed to exceed Mars’ orbit and continue on into the Asteroid Belt.

Falcon Heavy’s successful liftoff could disrupt the launch industry, as the system’s 134-foot-tall boosters can land themselves to be reused. Other rocket boosters on the market today are discarded after launch.

The event was a huge win for Musk and the future of private space exploration. Take a look at the highlights.


Amid cheers from SpaceX employees on the livestream, the rocket took off on a pillar of smoke.


The Falcon Heavy is propelled by 27 engines contained in three boosters — two on the sides and one in the center, under the payload.

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The three boosters gave the rocket a lot of power — they’re capable of generating more than 5 million pounds of thrust.

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After the ascent, the two side boosters detached from the rocket, flipped around, and headed back down toward Florida.

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The two bottom screens in this shot from the video stream show the boosters heading toward each landing site.

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A few seconds later, the reusable boosters slowed and hit the ground.


They even stuck the landing.

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Later, the center booster detached, leaving the Tesla Roadster, complete with a dummy driver named Starman wearing a SpaceX spacesuit, speeding toward Mars orbit.


Three cameras are attached to the Roadster, showing views of Starman as he heads out into space. A sign on the dashboard reminds the dummy not to panic.

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On Tuesday night, we learned that the third booster did not successfully on a drone ship in the ocean as planned. Instead, it hit the Atlantic Ocean at 300 miles per hour.

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Spectators at Cocoa Beach watch SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center on February 6, 2018.
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Musk tweeted out the Roadster’s trajectory on Tuesday night, announcing that the car had exceeded Mars’ orbit and carried on into the Asteroid belt.

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Elon Musk speaks to journalists during a Falcon Heavy press conference on February 6, 2018.
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During the first few hours of its journey, SpaceX broadcast a live video feed from the Roadster.


You can rewatch the entire launch here.