SpaceX’s big new rocket has blasted off on its first test flight, carrying a red sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars.
The Falcon Heavy rose from the same launch pad used by NASA nearly 50 years ago to send men to the Moon.
With lift-off, the Heavy became the most powerful rocket in use today, doubling the lift-off punch of its closest competitor.
The three boosters and 27 engines roared to life at Kennedy Space Centre, as thousands jammed surrounding beaches, bridges and roads to watch the rocket soar, delayed more than two hours by high wind.
Two of the boosters were recycled and programmed to return for a simultaneous touchdown at Cape Canaveral, while the third, brand new, set its sights on an ocean platform almost 500 kilometres offshore.
It’s carrying Elon Musk’s own car…