The launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on June 25 was the first night launch of the SpaceX heavy-duty truck, currently the most powerful launcher in the world.
The Falcon Heavy launched from launch pad 39A at 2:30 am CET (6:30 am CET) with two dozen US Air Force research, technology demonstration and weather observation satellites, NASA, NOAA, Taiwan and universities.
The 27 Merlin 1D main engines of the rocket were at the base of three booster stages, driving the rocket off the launch pad with 5.1 million pounds of thrust. Less than nine minutes later, the two side boosters of the Falcon Heavy returned to nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to land almost simultaneously.
For more information about the mission, please see our extensive photo gallery Launch and Landing of the Falcon Heavy.
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