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Falcon Heavy launches from  Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Falcon Heavy launches from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

by Kim Shiflett, photo via Wikimedia Commons under creative commons license

by Kim Shiflett, photo via Wikimedia Commons under creative commons license

Falcon Heavy launches from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Meghan Patel, Staff writer

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Elon Musk is a man unlike any other. Most people have aspirations to have a successful career or to be famous, but Musk sees a world beyond the United States. Beyond the country. Beyond Earth. Musk has his mind set on Mars.

With a net worth of $20.4 billion, Musk is the co-founder of Tesla and CEO of SpaceX, a private American aerospace manufacturer that funds its own space missions. On Feb. 6, SpaceX launched one of its biggest missions yet: the launching of rocket Falcon Heavy. Falcon Heavy’s destination is Mars.

The launching of Falcon Heavy took place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 3:45 p.m. Two minutes after the launch of Falcon Heavy its two outer boosters parted ways and returned to earth landing with unbelievable precision in two marked landing pads in Cape Canaveral. Falcon Heavy continued into space with intentions to enter Mars’s orbit.

On Falcon Heavy is “Starman”, a mannequin sitting in Musk’s own Red Tesla. In order to evaluate the success of the rocket, they needed to attach a heavy mass object. Musk suggested the car and made it happen. Now Starman sits in the open top car exposed to the depths of space.

The rocket is claimed to be the most powerful rocket so far using almost $500 million to construct all of its components and launching pads. The revolutionary rocket is able to hold up to 141,000 pounds, which is more than any rocket before.

The launching of Falcon Heavy, however, does not mean the end of SpaceX. If anything, it’s only another milestone in the long journey of accomplishments and successes for the company. Another prospective mission is sending astronauts into space on Falcon 9 and Dragon by the end of this year.

The future is sure to bring unforgettable moments in space exploration and Elon Musk and SpaceX will undoubtedly be there every step of the way.

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