Out-of-this-world view of Starman riding through space in a Tesla


SPACEX'S LARGE NEW ROCKET BLASTED IN SPACE: SpaceX's large new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, blasted into space Tuesday (February 6th) on its first test flight from Cape Canaveral. The Falcon Heavy has now become the powerful rocket in use, with double the liftoff power of its closest competitor. The rocket, which features three boosters and 27 engines, is designed to take up large satellites, as well as equipment to the moon and eventually Mars or beyond. In a quirky touch from Elon Musk's company, the Falcon Heavy was sent up with a red Tesla electric sports car attached, enclosed in protective covering for the launch. The cover later came away to expose the car, and video images beamed down showed the car circling Earth with a space-suited mannequin at the wheel. Two of the boosters, which were recycled from previous launched, returned minutes after liftoff. The third booster, however, missed the floating landing platform in the Atlantic and was destroyed. The rocket with the Tesla car is intended for an orbit around the sun, an oval circle from the orbit of Earth on one end to the orbit of Mars on the other. It's expected to reach the vicinity of Mars in six months. Musk said the car could be traveling between Earth and Mars' vicinities for a billion years.

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