If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’re probably familiar with Elon Musk. The entrepreneur is famous for creating PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX — the last of which is having a major milestone today. SpaceX creates and launches rockets and spacecraft, and its key focus is to someday allow people to live on other planets.
Today, Musk plans to test his most powerful rocket to date — the Falcon Heavy rocket. The rocket itself looks a little like their Falcon 9 rocket model but has additional boosters that make it more powerful. The launch is a big deal, because the rocket is able to lift more than other rockets (aka more potential cargo) — which could mean we’re one step closer to landing on Mars. These launches also don’t rely on government money, proving that space travel can be done privately with the right support.
Musk, who’s known to have a sense of humor, has also added a personal touch to the launch. According to The New York Times, the rocket will take off with his red Tesla Roadster on board (talk about cross-promotion).
And bonus: We can all watch the Space Falcon Heavy Rocket launch in real time.
Starting at 1:10 p.m. ET, the SpaceX website, spacex.com, will be streaming the launch. It will also be available on YouTube. The launch itself is set to occur between 1:30 and 4:00 p.m ET. While there’s a slim chance weather will set them back, a rain date has been scheduled for tomorrow, February 7th, just in case. But according to Musk, he thinks everything will go to plan.
So tune in and (hopefully) watch history be made!