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

Falcon Heavy: SpaceX set to test 'most powerful rocket'

Falcon Heavy which owns the title of world's biggest and most powerful rocket justified its status with the successful launch into the orbit.

Today SpaceX made history by launching the Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

With 27 engines, the Falcon Heavy is capable of lifting 140,000 pounds into low Earth orbit.

SpaceX's rocket launch on Tuesday is undoubtedly one of finest and most remarkable performances by flight tests taken place in last decade.

As its payload, the test rocket carried Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster and a dummy named "Starman" wearing one of SpaceX's spacesuits.

Musk says it hit the water with such force that shrapnel flew onto the droneship's deck and took out two engines.

The new path for the cherry red roadster will see it drift out into the Asteroid Belt - coming relatively close to the dwarf planet Ceres. The vehicle stereo was, of course, set to play David Bowie's identically named track on a loop.

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In the run up to launch, it wasn't at all clear that the rocket would work.

Streams of Life On Mars? leapt by 332 per cent in the hour after the rocket launch on Tuesday, the music streaming platform confirmed.

The supercar, piloted by a mannequin nicknamed 'Starman, ' was due to enter an orbit around the sun similar to that occupied by Mars.

Although the rocket's maiden voyage was anticipated to send the Roadster into Mars' orbit, it appears the Falcon Heavy overshot its trajectory of the vehicle.

Reusing hardware is part of SpaceX's plan to drive down the cost of launches.

The Falcon Heavy was the most powerful rocket to launch since the shuttle system and represents our chance to get to Mars becoming a reality. The amount of power generated by such a configuration would put the rocket right alongside the Saturn V, the Moon Rocket which allowed Apollo astronauts to leave their mark on the dusty surface of Earth's satellite.

In a late-night update, Musk announced that the Falcon Heavy stage did survive its daring slog through the Van Allen belts.



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