>> Three, two and one.>> The world's most powerful launch vehicle blasted off into space Tuesday. It's the debut flight of the SpaceX Falcon heavy 23 stories tall. And it's a victory for billionaire and SpaceX CEO, Ellion Mask, putting the privately owned company at the forefront of corporate space flight.
Musk who is also the founder and CEO of Tesla has long talked about one day carrying astronauts to Mars.>> That was epic.>> Tuesday's launch was as test flight and not a mission to the Red Planet but it carried a cherry red Tesla roadster into space. In the driver's seat, a mannequin in an astronaut outfit dubbed Star Man.
The rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center from the same launch pad where NASA sent the first ever astronauts to the moon. This is another space travel milestone but this time NASA was not involved. SpaceX's new vehicle was essentially made of three Falcon 9 rockets harnessed together.
The side booster rockets touched down safely on land. The third center booster slammed into the Atlantic Ocean at about 300 miles per hour, narrowly missing its drone landing vessel nearby.