This Tuesday, Elon Musk will launch his Falcon Heavy rocket from 39A, the historic launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to Mars.
Musk designed the Falcon Heavy that he says is a “major advancement in rocketry” adding that it’s “twice the thrust of anything from Russia, China, Boeing, Lockheed or Europe.”
Of course, Musk is launching in style. The rocket will be carrying a red Tesla Roadster with “Starman,” a mannequin in a spacesuit riding in the driver’s seat with David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” playing in the background.
Turn out for the Falcon’s maiden voyage is expected to be in the thousands as those in the area will flock near beaches and roads to catch a glimpse of the most powerful rocket in the world take off into deep space.
The Falcon Heavy is twenty-seven Merin Engines, can lift into orbit 64 metric tons, and is 230 feet tall.
Although there’s a solid chance the rocket never makes it to Mars’ orbit, Musk and SpaceX remain optimistic. The odds of a successful flight, according to Musk and dozens of calculations by his company and third parties, are 50 to 70 percent.
The Falcon Heavy launch date is set from Florida at 1:30 PM EST. There’s no point of sending a car to Mars Musk told CBS News. “It’s just for fun and to get the public excited.”
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