Streams of David Bowie's Life on Mars spike following SpaceX launch

Falcon Heavy's launch will take place at NASA's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center in Florida

The vehicle and its mannequin driver (in working SpaceX spacesuit) launched yesterday atop the Falcon Heavy rocket will eventually escape Earth orbit and travel outwards through the solar system - but not in a hurry.

Speaking at a press conference after the launch Musk said: "It gives me confidence that BFR is really quite workable, it's given me a lot of confidence that we can make the BFR design work".

And Buzz Aldrin, second man to step onto the moon, also celebrated after watching the rocket soar "from my favorite launch pad".

Mars is driving all of Musk's space efforts.

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster as it cruised past Australia.

At 9:30 pm Eastern time, the rocket is expected to fire again, sending the Tesla Roadster out of Earth's orbit and on a path that will take it near Mars. "The issue concerns part of the main fairing of the rocket with dimensions that can get only into a powerful cargo plane as the Ukrainian Ruslan", the embassy reported on its Facebook page on February 7.

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Falcon Heavy's two side boosters detached from the rocket a few minutes after launch and returned to earth, landing on the ground at Cape Canaveral for potential use in a future launch.

He tweeted: "Third burn successful". The rocket was SpaceX's largest to date and the largest launched in the United States since the 1970s, and Musk repeatedly warned about the potential for failure before the launch.

SpaceX is focusing its efforts on the BFR. The rocket rose over the Atlantic Ocean before its two expended solid rocket boosters fell back to Earth and landed upright, just as planned.

SpaceX is competing with Boeing to be the first to send Americans into orbit from US soil again, something that hasn't happened since NASA's last shuttle flight. It delivered US astronauts six times to the moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Some of the most powerful images are when the Tesla Roadster is viewed with Earth in the background which has not been seen directly by human eyes ever since the Apollo missions back in the 1960s and 70s.

Tuesday's launch took place at NASA's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center in the U.S. state of Florida, the spot also used for the Apollo 11 moon mission and several space shuttle launches. "You can just put it on and jump in a vacuum chamber".

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