The New York Times reported that SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch was originally slated to occur at 1:30 pm, but was postponed to 2:20 pm and then again to 3:45 pm, due to weather concerns.
The Falcon Heavy rocket is an upgrade to SpaceX’s commonly used Falcon model -- which has “two additional Falcon 9 boosters, which triples the thrust at liftoff,” helping it carry the world’s largest payload. The successful launch means that SpaceX will be able to carry bigger loads to space, and is one step closer to Elon Musk’s mission to bring people to Mars.
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LIFT-OFF: Generating 4.7 million pounds of thrust at launch, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from Kennedy Space Center's historic launch pad 39A https://t.co/Af9rrtyUaA pic.twitter.com/lWgjX8WMSP— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 6, 2018