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Here's How to Watch Elon Musk and SpaceX's Landmark Falcon Heavy Launch Today

Tune in at 1:30 p.m. ET to watch the company attempts the first flight of the most powerful rocket in the world.
Here's How to Watch Elon Musk and SpaceX's Landmark Falcon Heavy Launch Today
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Elon Musk is taking a break from overseeing hat and “not a flamethrower” sales to get back to his first love: sending stuff into outer space to figure out how to get people on Mars.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will take off from Kennedy Space Center’s storied Launch Complex 39A at 1:30 pm -- many Apollo missions were launched from there -- and you can watch the livestream, hosted on on SpaceX’s YouTube channel, above. 

Should this inaugural test flight actually work, it will mean a lot for Musk’s ultimate goal. In a press call on Monday about the main event, Musk said of the launch, "If we are successful in this, it is game over for all the other heavy lift rockets." 

The rocket is able to carry 141,000 pounds into orbit, which SpaceX notes is a mass that is greater than a 737 airplane filled with passengers and their luggage, crew members and fuel.

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As noted on the SpaceX website, the “Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.”

In the run up to the launch, Musk has shared a peek behind the scenes tweeting a video of an animation of how a successful Falcon Heavy launch should proceed, set to David Bowie’s "Life on Mars."

And he also shared an Instagram post of the red Tesla Roadster in position, ready to blast off into outer space.

 

Starman in Red Roadster

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Feb 4, 2018 at 9:50pm PST

Even Musk’s rival, Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, is excited about the launch, and wished the SpaceX team well on Twitter. Musk responded with a thank you, complete with a kissy face emoji.

Will you be watching the historic launch? Let us know in the comments?