Cheaper and More Powerful, SpaceX Rocket Soars

Last week, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy blasted into space without incident, to the major relief of the space company’s exec, Elon Musk, and the rest of his team. The launch marked a feat for a commercial venture, with the rocket able to carry twice the payload at a third of the cost of its nearest competitor. The Falcon Heavy carried cargo consisting of Musk’s Tesla Roadster with a dummy, the Starman, in the passenger seat. What does it mean for space travel? Listen in on the conversation with Yang Yuguang from the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation; former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao, who was an International Space Station commander; and, Dr. Ambitabha Ghosh of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission.

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