In Pictures: SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket

Published February 8th, 2018 - 13:41 GMT

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SpaceX on Tuesday successfully launched the world’s most powerful rocket, Falcon Heavy.

It carried the red Tesla Roadster car belonging to SpaceX – and Tesla – CEO Elon Musk, into orbit. Shortly after the launch, two of the rocket’s side boosters fell back to earth and successfully landed so they could be used again.

The rocket launched at roughly 8:45 p.m. GMT from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Continue reading below »

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Lifting off at 3:45 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy begins its demonstration flight. This is a significant milestone for the world's premier multi-user spaceport. 
(NASA/Kim Shiflett)
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Image 1 of 3:  1 / 3Lifting off at 3:45 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy begins its demonstration flight. This is a significant milestone for the world's premier multi-user spaceport. (NASA/Kim Shiflett)

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In a photograph taken Dec. 28, 2017, the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy stands at Launch Complex 39A during testing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
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Image 2 of 3:  2 / 3In a photograph taken Dec. 28, 2017, the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy stands at Launch Complex 39A during testing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. (SpaceX)

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Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center has undergone modifications by SpaceX to adapt to the needs of the company's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. A horizontal integration facility has been constructed for processing rockets prior to rolling out for liftoff. 
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Image 3 of 3:  3 / 3Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center has undergone modifications by SpaceX to adapt to the needs of the company's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. A horizontal integration facility has been constructed for processing rockets prior to rolling out for liftoff. (NASA)

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Lifting off at 3:45 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy begins its demonstration flight. This is a significant milestone for the world's premier multi-user spaceport. 
(NASA/Kim Shiflett)

Image 1 of 3Lifting off at 3:45 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy begins its demonstration flight. This is a significant milestone for the world's premier multi-user spaceport. (NASA/Kim Shiflett)

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In a photograph taken Dec. 28, 2017, the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy stands at Launch Complex 39A during testing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
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Image 2 of 3In a photograph taken Dec. 28, 2017, the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy stands at Launch Complex 39A during testing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. (SpaceX)

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Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center has undergone modifications by SpaceX to adapt to the needs of the company's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. A horizontal integration facility has been constructed for processing rockets prior to rolling out for liftoff. 
(NASA)

Image 3 of 3Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center has undergone modifications by SpaceX to adapt to the needs of the company's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. A horizontal integration facility has been constructed for processing rockets prior to rolling out for liftoff. (NASA)

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