<p>SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket stands ready for launch on the historic launchpad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.</p>

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket stands ready for launch on the historic launchpad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

Photograph from Space X

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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.

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