Below, watch the epic moment unfold for yourself - and don't say we didn't warn you that you might find yourself searching how to take a SpaceX flight to Mars immediately after seeing the Falcon Heavy touch down. With the three rockets, Falcon Heavy had 27 engines.
Big dreamer Musk has proven that science is fun with the Falcon Heavy returning to Earth, landing at SpaceX autonomous drone ship called "Of Course I Still Love You". More on that later. What effects the radiation would have on the second stage were unknown, but apparently they did not affect the engine. And it was more shove than push, it seems. He said: "It's just literally a normal vehicle in space - I kind of like the absurdity of that".
Furthermore, astrophysicist Summer Ash told Gizmodo in a direct twitter message that the high energy particles in space could fry the car's circuity. Maybe it was a touching tribute to Tesla's autopilot software. You can even watch the coverage of the red sports auto floating in Earth's orbit. Musk plans to send the vehicle into orbit around the sun. Contrary to what various Hollywood documentaries films have suggested, the belt is sparsely populated with boulders, with loads of room for a billionaire's convertible to slip through. At the press conference, Musk said that there was not enough fuel left to slow it down and it slammed into the water at 300 miles per hour just 300 feet from the ship.
The result was that the booster came down too fast and off target.
Musk said that it had crashed into the Atlantic at 300mph, missing the floating landing platform. The most important thing about this reusable spacecraft is that it can carry a payload equivalent to sending five double-decker London buses into space - which will be invaluable for future manned space exploration or in sending bigger satellites into orbit. As Musk explained, these fins are made of titanium and are very expensive, not to mention hard, to manufacture.
The amount of kerosene in three Falcon 9 rockets is roughly 440 tonnes and RP-1 has a 34% carbon content. Unlike astronauts on the ISS today, the people heading to Mars would have far more of the comforts of home, Musk promised in 2016 - a restaurant, lecture halls and even movie theaters.
The Falcon Heavy was first created to send humans to the moon or Mars, but Musk said Monday it is now being considered as a carrier of equipment and supplies to deep space destinations.
Costs for launches are lower than competitors' because all three of the boosters used during launch are recovered to be used for more flights. And in his post-launch news conference, Musk said the test flight's dummy payload was meant to excite and entertain, an abstract work of performance art. "We could even use it to try and catch a Dragon [capsule]".
Tom Cross busy at work - taking photos of Falcon Heavy, in this case!
It was billed as a risky test flight in advance of the lift-off.
"If people think we're in a race with the Chinese, this is our secret weapon: the entrepreneurship of people like Elon and others like Jeff Bezos", said Stanford University G. Scott Hubbard, NASA's first Mars czar.
"It's kind of silly and fun", he said. Musk said he did not want to use typical ballast mafteral, like concrete, because it is boring, so chose his own Telsa automobile instead.
"Seven years ago, the Augustine Commission said that NASA's moon program had to be cancelled, because the development of the necessary heavy lift booster would take 12 years and $36 billion", he said in a statement. "It's still tripping me out".