Elon Musk crashes SXSW to debut SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch footage

Courtesy of Matt Lief Anderson  HBO

Courtesy of Matt Lief Anderson HBO

Back in early February, SpaceX sent Falcon Heavy into outer space with a very unique payload on board. In fact, Falcon Heavy is 2 times more powerful than the previous most powerful rocket.

After the Heavy Falcon has been launched, its side propellers successfully landed by themselves after splitting from the core rocket.

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The Falcon Heavy will ultimately be used to launch extremely heavy satellites into orbit and - assuming that colonizing Mars ever becomes a reality - carry thousands of pounds of cargo.

The head of SpaceX, Elon Musk, has released a new video of the launch of Falcon Heavy, which propelled a Tesla Roadster electric auto into space in early February. For price unfathomably small relative to the prices NASA has floated for its own heavy-lift rocket (likely no less than $3 billion a launch), previously silent voices at the upper echelons of political power and spaceflight journalism have since openly praised SpaceX's success and begun rather loudly spitballing about the massive rocket's potential uses in both the civil and military spheres of space exploration. And if you're curious as to where the Roadster is at any given time, the website WhereIsRoadster can provide you with some up to date data. At max velocity Starman and the Roadster will travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.

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He teased one Twitter user before the show that his free ticket to see the billionaire exec would be "worth every penny" and indulged his audience with jokes and answers to unrelated questions, such as who inspires him - Fred Astaire and Kanye West. Instead, and perhaps even more appropriately, it's the sweeping "Life on Mars", from 1971's Hunky Dory.

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