The best photos and videos of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

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Elon Musk, the billionaire Colbert once called a "supervillain" for his plot to shoot people to Mars, couldn't contain his excitement when discussing the recent Falcon Heavy rocket launch from Space X.

A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

With more than 5 million pounds of liftoff thrust, the Heavy will be capable of lifting super-size satellites into orbit and sending spacecraft to the moon, Mars and beyond.

Falcon Heavy is twice as powerful as the next-most powerful rocket in the world today. Watch our video to find out what the successful launch of the Tesla Roadster on the Falcon Heavy means for space travel and transport.

"I'm still trying to absorb everything that happened because it's still kind of surreal to me", Musk told reporters after the launch. In the driver's seat, sits a mannequin in a spacesuit and the radio plays David Bowie's hit track "Space Oddity" on a loop.

The vehicle in the Falcon Heavy is set to make an elliptical orbit around the Sun before getting into vicinity if Mars.

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The spectacular sight of the rocket's two side boosters peeling away and landing back on earth - upright and in unison - provided the cherry on top for space enthusiasts minutes later.

After a big success for his SpaceX company, Musk's Tesla reported a heavy loss.

Would the auto and mannequin, attached to the Falcon Heavy's second stage, survive an experimental 6-hour coast phase that would send it through Earth's radiation-flooded Van Allen belts? "Best of luck @SpaceX with the Falcon Heavy launch tomorrow - hoping for a attractive, nominal flight", he tweeted.

All in all, the launch couldn't have gone much better for SpaceX.

"The only launch vehicle that has ever been more powerful is the Saturn V which launched the Apollo missions to the Moon".

If you want to launch a bus or five into space yourself, via Falcon Heavy, the price is a mere $90 million, although the maximum payload for a Mars mission is only 16.8 tonnes.

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