The following is an excerpt from Jackie Wattles and Katie Schirmann | February 7, 2018 | CNN.com |
SpaceX just launched its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time ever, and it was quite the show.
The rocket company -- headed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk -- became the owner of the most powerful operational rocket in the world Tuesday when Falcon Heavy aced its maiden flight.
It all kicked off at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the Falcon Heavy awaited its debut at Launch Pad 39A. That's the same launch pad that hosted Apollo and Space Shuttle missions back in the heyday of U.S. human spaceflight.
After a series of delays thanks to some high-altitude wind, Falcon Heavy fired up all 27 of its engines and roared toward the sky at about 3:45 pm ET.
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