Elon Musk and SpaceX are celebrating like mad following the successful launch of Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, in Florida on Wednesday morning.
It’s reported that close to half a million onlookers gathered in nearby viewing sites and beaches to witness the launch, which went by without a hitch after a delay of more than two hours.
The launch is a crucial step in the journey towards a manned mission to Mars, with the rocket expected to fly through space for six months before reaching a solar orbit as far from the sun as the Red Planet.
Take a look at the historic event as it unfolded below (skip to 18:40 for launch):
Onboard Falcon Heavy is Musk’s beloved red Tesla Roadster, which is acting as experimental cargo. Musk has previously commented that the sports car “will be in deep space for a billion years or so, if it doesn’t blow up on ascent”.
To make it all even more awesome, the Roadster is playing David Bowie’s “Life On Mars” on repeat.
It’s fair to say Twitter is buzzing following the launch:
MSNBC showed the launch instead of the WH Press Briefing. Thanks! Better to watch a rocket launch than a train wreck. #FalconHeavy
— Yane A (@YaneAUSA) February 6, 2018
— 🍁 (@EUniversee) February 6, 2018
Wow. Just, wow.
— Michael Seeley (@Mike_Seeley) February 6, 2018
Amazingly, Falcon Heavy was launched using several reusable boosters that have safely landed back to Earth in an incredible display of scientific achievement.
— Bloomberg (@business) February 6, 2018
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) February 6, 2018
There is still some mystery regarding Falcon Heavy’s core rocket booster, which was meant to land on a drone ship in the ocean. This landing is yet to be confirmed and onlookers are anxiously waiting for news.
— ☀️✨AstroPunk✨🌙 (@Stray_Arrows) February 6, 2018
Retweet if you are refreshing twitter every 2 secs trying to find out what happened to the Core. #FalconHeavy
— Aadarsh Agarwal (@adshh) February 6, 2018
Has anyone checked if the Flat Earthers are ok?#FalconHeavy
— Gnom Icide (@GnomdePlume) February 6, 2018
Someone even took the opportunity to make a parody account:
— Center Core (@FalconMainCore) February 6, 2018