Private space transportation firm SpaceX released a video Saturday night documenting the inaugural launch of their Falcon Heavy rocket.
Set to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” the video goes from assembly, to launch and beyond to share a stirring account of what is a historic accomplishment. So if you missed it when it happened live, here’s an awesome recount of that day.
When Falcon Heavy lifted off, it became the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Following liftoff, the two side boosters separated from the center core and returned to landing site for future reuse. Falcon Heavy put a Tesla Roadster and its passenger, Starman, into orbit around the sun. At max velocity Starman and the Roadster will travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.