Astronomers Spot Elon Musk's Tesla Flying Through Space After Launch

That core booster, which was expected to land offshore on SpaceX's drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You", crashed when two of three engines did not fire during a final landing burn, Musk told reporters after the launch. "Just Read The Instructions" is used for Falcon 9 landings after launches from SpaceX's pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. All the three drone ships are named after the spacecraft that featured in Scottish author Iain M. Banks' Culture novels.

Of Course I Still Love You, though, was damaged during the first Falcon Heavy mission that took flight from Kennedy Space Center - the rocket's center core missed the ship by about 300 feet, but the force of its 300 miles per hour water impact was enough to "take out" two engines on the ship. "Fix is pretty obvious". And SpaceX has plans for an even bigger rocket, the Big Falcon Rocket. It has many private-sector uses, including communications satellites.

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"It's like a giant catcher's mitt, in boat form", Musk told reporters after the Falcon Heavy launch. The rocket leapt off Pad 39A at 3:45pm.

Elon Musk's SpaceX made history on February 6 with the launch of Falcon Heavy from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. More details on the Roadster's secret payload emerged recently, however, when the Arch's creators published a blog outlining the goal of the small storage device.

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In preparation for the second season of MARS, which is returning to Nat Geo this fall, a camera crew followed Musk and his team on the day of the launch, capturing their reactions as the rocket rumbled to life.

SpaceX announced its intention to build the Falcon Heavy in 2011, crafting it as a vehicle essentially made out of three combined Falcon 9s, the company's now most-used rocket.

Perhaps NASA should just get on the SpaceX waiting list for a new rocket. Rather than landing on shore, the center booster was supposed to touch down on a remote droneship hanging out off the coast. MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY Bart Stutts watches the rocket go out of site. As far as the two boosters that did touch down successfully, SpaceX revealed that they are not planning to reuse those in the future. While it may seem like a bluff, Musk isn't new to following through on the things he says he'll do on Twitter.

As Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster that was sent to an orbit around Mars took a different trajectory well beyond its destination, a space observatory in Arizona, US caught it "zooming" in space.

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