Photos captured by remote cameras placed at launch pad 39A show SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, which raised the sky on Thursday night of over 5 million pounds of traction.
The triple rocket, powered by 27 Merlin main engines, fired from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 18:35 EDT (2235 GMT) Thursday, heading east across the Atlantic with Arabsat 6A communications satellite.
Thursday's launch was the second for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy and the first-flight mammoth release for a paying customer. Two and a half minutes after the liftoff, Falcon Heavy's two side priests detached and returned to Cape Canaveral for almost simultaneous landings in SpaceX & apos; s landing zones about 15 miles south of pad 39A at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Meanwhile, the core step landed successfully SpaceX's drone ship in the Atlantic more than 600 miles down from Florence's space shore, while the second stage continued in circulation with Arabsat 6A.
These photos show Falcon Heavy's fiery blast dust from pad 39A and the landings of the rocket's two sideboosts a few minutes later.
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