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Why This Week’s Big Rocket Launch May Make History

If all goes to plan, the newest member of SpaceX’s fleet could become the most powerful rocket since the one that sent humans to the moon.


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On February 6, SpaceX will aim to make history with the Falcon Heavy rocket — and they are looking to do it in a most peculiar way. The Falcon Heavy will soar into space carrying a cherry-red Tesla Roadster blaring David Bowie into a sun-centered orbit near Mars.  

What makes this rocket launch unique?

If successful, the Falcon Heavy will become the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two, capable of launching more than 140,000 pounds of cargo—and one day perhaps passengers—into low-Earth orbit. 

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**National Geographic’s space expert, Victoria Jaggard, is available for interviews.

**National Geographic’s science and space expert, Michael Greshko, is available for interviews on the ground, from the NASA Kennedy Space Center.

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