SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket stands ready for launch on the historic launchpad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Why This Week's Big Rocket Launch May Make History
If all goes to plan, the newest member of SpaceX's fleet could become the most powerful rocket since the one that sent humans to the moon.
Cocoa Beach, FloridaMore than 50 years after the Saturn V rocket sent humans to the moon, launchpad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center may once again become a backdrop to history. If all goes well on Tuesday afternoon, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket will soar into space in a most peculiar way—carrying a cherry-red Tesla Roadster blaring David Bowie.
After a six-hour coast, the Tesla would then head into what's known as a Hohmann transfer orbit around the sun—arcing between the paths of Earth and Mars for potentially millions of years. Through it all, three cameras aboard the Tesla will hopefully capture the scene.
If successful, the Falcon Heavy will become the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two,