Private space transportation firm SpaceX released a video Saturday night documenting the inaugural launch of their Falcon Heavy rocket.
Set to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” the video goes from assembly, to launch and beyond to share a stirring account of what is a historic accomplishment. So if you missed it when it happened live, here’s an awesome recount of that day.
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When Falcon Heavy lifted off, it became the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Following liftoff, the two side boosters separated from the center core and returned to landing site for future reuse. Falcon Heavy put a Tesla Roadster and its passenger, Starman, into orbit around the sun. At max velocity Starman and the Roadster will travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.