The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from launchpad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on February 6.
Falcon Heavy Rocket Makes History With Successful First Launch
The SpaceX launch vehicle just became the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V, which carried people to the moon.
Kennedy Space Center, FloridaAn extraordinary ballet was danced through the skies over central Florida on Tuesday, as SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket passed its first test launch with (mostly) flying colors.
With its highly anticipated first flight behind it, the Falcon Heavy is now the world's most powerful operational rocket by a factor of two, capable of lifting 140,000 pounds of cargo into low-Earth orbit. Only the Saturn V rocket that sent humans to the moon has lifted so much, so far.
"I'm still trying to absorb everything that happened. It seemed surreal to me," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a post-launch press briefing on Tuesday. "I had this image of an explosion on the pad, a wheel bouncing down the road, and the