The best photos and videos of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch


Tuesday's launch of the world's most powerful Falcon Heavy rocket, inspired and designed by SpaceX' billionaire Elon Musk couldn't have gone unnoticed in China, which is making huge leaps forward in the technological sphere.

He said: "Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks". Numerous objects deep out towards the edges of our solar system are thought to contain expensive and rare materials - but as yet there's no way to get hold of them and bring them back down to Earth.

"It actually really doesn't look real, it's insane", Musk can be heard saying. "Musk's message is a bit ambiguous", Rob Weryk, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, said in an email.

In the original plan, the vehicle and the dummy that is sat in it would have gone into orbit between Mars and Earth, slowly passing around the solar system.

"And I think the imagery of it is something that's going to get people excited around the world", he said.

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"It's still tripping me out". "Here's the kicker - this is the really exciting part - the launch was to show not only that the Falcon was reusable but the Falcon Heavy can carry a large payload", Colbert explained on the Late Show.

The behemoth lifted off successfully from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Hundreds of media representatives reported on the event, one of the biggest turnouts since the last space shuttle launch in July 2011 and NASA's Orion capsule flight test in December 2014.

Crew Dragon will launch on a Falcon 9, the rocket SpaceX has flown since 2010.

SpaceX does not, however, plan to certify the Falcon Heavy to fly humans. CRAIG BAILEY, FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK The twin boosters from SpaceX's Falcon Heavy make a successful landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

So, there will be no more images of the Starman as it drives through the emptiness of space. While the technical feat was spectacular, the "payload" itself grabbed most of the headlines: Musk's own cherry-red Tesla Roadster convertible automobile, with a mannequin in a spacesuit sitting in the driver's seat.