Even if the recent launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket amazed everyone on this planet, the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, still couldn’t believe that the mission was really a success. The mega rocket’s mission is to propel a Tesla electric car into our solar system. After the launch, Musk told the reporters at the Kennedy Space Center that he still had the image of a huge explosion on the pad even when it became clear that the launch was successful. Fortunately, his fears did not become reality.
Actually, the launch was almost without mistake. Its second stage arrived into orbit. Also, the Falcon 9 first stages, which actually acted as its two side boosters, safely detached and came back to Earth. Only one small problem prevented the launch to be perfect. According to Musk, the center booster did not manage to return and land on its drone ship. It apparently hit the water at about 300 miles per hour and destroyed two engines on the drone ship. Jokingly, Musk said that they might put the footage up as a blooper reel if any cameras survived.
The impressive Falcon Heavy launch
Elon Musk showed up late at the news conference because he firstly went to visit the two boosters that landed back on Earth after the launch. Even if the company is not planning to make them fly again, they are apparently still in a very good condition. Moreover, SpaceX also launched the surprise they had for the viewers. They started a livestream from the red Tesla car which showed the Earth’s sphere and the payload and the car floating around in space. Maybe another solid proof that the Earth is not flat after all?
Jokingly, Musk said that nobody should doubt the authenticity of the livestream. It is indeed real because it looks fake and not really pretty. If that had been CGI, it would have looked so much better.
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