By: Jake Marshall
Remember the movie Wall*E where the people of Earth were forced to travel around the cosmos in a spaceship with high-tech robots, pristine amenities, and recliners that floated around? Well, unfortunately, scientists aren’t that close to creating such a ship, but a company called SpaceX is very close to making space tourism a reality in the coming years. SpaceX, founded by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, is a privately-funded aerospace company for the purpose of promoting space tourism, exploration, and colonization. The Falcon Heavy by SpaceX launched on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.
This rocket is seriously powerful: its thrust is equal to 18 Boeing 747 jetliners. This rocket is capable of sending humans to Mars. “People [came] from all around the world to see what will either be a great rocket launch or the best fireworks display they’ve ever seen,” Musk said. The rocket had a smooth takeoff and also managed to guide at least two of the Falcon Heavy’s first-stage rocket boosters to land upright back on Earth. They cut back through the Earth’s atmosphere and landed in unison at a Kennedy Space Center landing pad.
The rocket also had a red Tesla roadster attached to it, sending the car into deep space. There really isn’t a scientific reason to do so, but it could be a means of self-promotion for Tesla. No matter the reason, it’s silly and fun and brings a lighter mood to space travel. This powerful rocket is making mankind that much closer to space tourism as well as sending humans to Mars. Tuesday’s success marked a huge step forward for a company that’s already managed to shake up the rocket industry with its groundbreaking technology. In the words of Neil Armstrong, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”