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SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy With Elon Musk's Car On Board

SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy on Tuesday; it's the world's most powerful rocket.
Posted at 3:21 PM, Feb 07, 2018

SpaceX just launched the world's most powerful rocket. The Falcon Heavy blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center, the same place where NASA sent astronauts to the moon.

It's a big deal for a lot of reasons — not just because the rocket is literally big. It's also the first time a private company, rather than a government agency, sent a rocket like this into space.

The rocket carried a plaque with SpaceX employees' names engraved on it, as well as SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's personal Tesla.

Although the test launch was delayed, the rocket eventually took off, went into orbit and successfully landed back on Earth without a single thing blowing up. So call that a success.

Editor's note: We've updated some of the language in this story to avoid implying that all three boosters successfully landed. The fate of one was unknown as of publication.