SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch was a huge success Tuesday and an incredible spectacle, but the coolest part might have been when the two side cores detached from the Falcon Heavy and landed next to each other, perfectly synchronized. Not long ago, landing a single Falcon 9 rocket was a huge feat. Now SpaceX is making it look easy.
… There were only two things aboard the payload of the historic launch: Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster and “Starman” — a dummy in a SpaceX spacesuit. Roughly an hour after the launch was confirmed successful, Musk tweeted a link to a live feed of Starman’s journey through space.
… The car is destined for Mars, but it won’t actually be touching down on the Red Planet. It will instead be going into a billion-year orbit around our planetary neighbor.