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The pioneering rocket firm SpaceX made history on Feb. 6 by successfully launching what is now the world’s most powerful operational rocket. In its first test launch, Falcon Heavy lifted off at 3:45 p.m. EDT from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at the same site that sent the crew of Apollo 11 to the moon in 1969.
In an unprecedented feat, SpaceX also guided two side boosters to land upright back on Earth for future reuse.
On board the rocket that’s now headed far into the solar system is Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster—and in the driver’s seat is a mannequin astronaut. Musk has said that the car would play David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on repeat.
When asked on Twitter why he would send off his $100,000 vehicle, Musk responded, “I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future.”