On Tuesday afternoon, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Elon Musk's SpaceX company launched the most powerful rocket to ever head into space.
The Washington Post reported, “As a promotional stunt, SpaceX founder Elon Musk loaded the Falcon Heavy with his own cherry red Tesla Roadster carrying a spacesuit-clad mannequin in the driver's seat the company named ‘Starman.’ Musk said he planned to send the convertible, built by another one of his companies, into an orbit around the sun that would take it near Mars.”
According to Space X, the only spacecraft ever capable of launching a greater payload was the Saturn V, last flown in 1973. The launch, which came from the same pad that sent men to the moon for the first time in 1969, was so successful that the side cores of the rocket landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zones:
The Post noted, “If SpaceX can fly the Falcon Heavy reliably, the rocket could prove useful to the Pentagon for lifting national security satellites, and for NASA’s human exploration goals.”