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Many years in the making SpaceX has done it! They have successfully launched their brand new rocket the Falcon Heavy today, February 6th 2018 at 20:45 UTC from the famous Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A.
The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket currently operational.. by a factor of 2! The Falcon Heavy has the capacity to launch nearly 64 metric tonnes into orbit, more than a Boeing 737 fully fuelled and loaded with passengers and cargo.
This Falcon Heavy was a test flight and carried a very special payload, Elon Musk's own red Tesla Roadster. The car will go beyond Earth's atmosphere on a trip flying by Mars, onboard for the ride a very special dummy in a spacesuit.
The two boosters are re-used cores and successfully landed at Landing Zone 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral. The center core, a brand new booster, attempted a landing on the Of Course I Still Love You but the rocket ran out of ignitor fluid in 2 of the 3 engines and hit the water at 300mph.