SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida yesterday carrying its first payload — a red Tesla roadster — into orbit. Loren Grush spoke to CEO Elon Musk about the launch and what this means for the future of space travel, as well as Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye. The Falcon Heavy now holds the title for the world’s most powerful rocket, and its launch marks the first time a vehicle this massive has ever been sent up by a commercial company.

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30 COMMENTS

  1. Appollo 11 1968 appollo 13 1970 want to stratosphere has and dropped in Atlantic are they were empty as metal pieces no thing

  2. Humanity is being held back by the Elites. I mean wouldn't you think we would be in space by now if it weren't so?

  3. That old guy don't even know what some babies know …he's wondering where we come from…don't have to explore space to know where we coming from …

  4. 3:33
    a third question:
    Will we help life to spread to out there? Seek out or build new niches to hold life (O'Neill colonies as Macrolife or the such)

  5. To have Bill Nye on the same video with an amazing mind like Elon Musk is disgraceful and an embarrassing.

  6. QUIERO COMPRARME UN COHETE DE ESOS ALAVERGA Y IR CON TODOS MIS PERRAS AL ESPACIO ALAVERGA ESTOY BIEN LOCO XDXDDXDXdXdxXDxD

  7. The Saturn 5 produced 7.5 million lbs. of thrust, this rocket: 5 million. Proof the human race is regressing. Mostly due to reliance on computers to do the work and not bright humans. Computers may already be self aware and are slowly eliminating humans from the planet.

  8. No matter how impressive this was, I really liked the simultaneous landing of the side rockets, a simple fact still is very fundamental – energy costs. It costs a lot of energy to lift things up from the earth gravity well, and that will never change. The fossile fuels are not only limited but at the end of the line, they will soon become severely limited and expensive. At the same time, when I was a kid we were less than 4 billion people on this earth, we are now double as many, the limit for the earth is by many believed to be about 9-10 billion, which we will reach very soon!
    Ideas, visions and imagination are very important, but so are reality checks. Space travel for a few will cost the resources hundreds of millions needs just to survive. Sometimes we need to do hard but ethical choices. What truly amazes me is the personal cult Elon Musk has built, it is all about HIM, not the true genious in the team who are actually designing the thing. The problem with cults are that critisism are never ever allowed and the followers will never listen to opposing voices – such as mine.

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