SpaceX Plans First Nighttime Launch Of Falcon Heavy Rocket

James Marshall
June 25, 2019

SpaceX said Monday's launch marks the first time it will reuse side boosters that were used on a previous Falcon Heavy mission.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk said that this will be the most hard launch yet.

The Voyager service is a true mission of exploration, sending the Celestis spacecraft carrying cremated remains or DNA on a permanent celestial journey, well beyond the Moon.

An engineer secures capsules containing remains into the vessel that will carry them to orbit.

Among these etchings are phrases including "Reach for the stars!' and "Space Truckin" Forever", reported Business Insider. The company has successfully completed 15 launches already, sending the ashes of celebrities like Star Trek "Scotty" actor James Doohan and scientist Eugene Shoemaker into space in decades past.

Tonight's launch is for the STP-2 mission, which is run by the U.S. Air Force through its Space Test Program (STP), and aims to "provide spaceflight for advanced research and development satellites from many U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) research laboratories, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and universities", according to the mission's description page. The full list of 152 individuals, and their memorials, is available online.

SpaceX is preparing to hit several milestones Monday night with the launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket.

In February 2018, the rocket sent a Tesla Roadster into orbit around the sun.

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