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Space X: the Falcon Heavy launched

On the David Bowie's music, with an electric car on board - 2 VIDEO

Yesterday on Tuesday 6 February at 3:45 pm Et, the inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy in a "mission" to Mars, which in the future could bring human crews into orbit, was successfully carried out by the 39A complex of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and promises to pave the way for expeditions on the Red Planet.

Falcon Heavy is the most powerful launcher in the world by a factor of two, with the capacity to transport nearly 64 tonnes (141,000 lb) into orbit -a larger volume of a 737 jet aircraft loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel. No crew on board, but a load outside the box: the flaming red sports car of the home of the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk: the Tesla Roadster, the first car to be launched into space.

70 meters high, the Falcon Heavy can carry really exceptional loads in a low orbit between 160 and 2000 kilometers from the Earth, and over 22,000 kilograms in the geostationary orbit that is almost 36,000 kilometers high. The inaugural launch of the rocket took place on the music of the song "Life on Mars" by David Bowie. However, not everything went perfectly, and although the synchronous landing of the two external "cores" was one of the most exciting moments of the event, the central one failed to hit the target and land on the oceanic platform. SpaceX itself has confirmed that the central rocket has managed to activate only one of the three Merlin engines present, which is the reason it was not possible to slow down the fall and proceed to a safe landing. The Central Core crashed at a speed of 300 miles per hour about 100 meters from the floating platform on which it would have to land, and caused the break of two engines of the vessel, according to the declarations by Musk.

The first stage of Falcon Heavy consists of three nine-engine "Falcon 9" cores, whose 27 Merlin engines generate a total of more than 5 million pounds of take-off thrust, equivalent to about eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the lunar rocket Saturn V, its last flight in 1973, delivered more payload in orbit.

In the videos below, moments of the historic launch:

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