Elon Musk presents an animation video for the Falcon Heavy rocket

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On the heels of the announcement that the Falcon Heavy rocket will make its debut launch in November, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to social media to share a first draft animation of how the much-anticipated rocket might look. 

The animation depicts both the side boosters of the rocket landing back on Earth after sending off the core. After the first and second stages separate, the first stage rocket aligns itself for reentry. The side boosters are the same ones used in the company’s Falcon 9.

Falcon Heavy is the spacecraft Musk designed to carry humans to the moon and Mars, so if the first few test launches are successful, there will be a lot of excitement around the possibilities for manned missions using the Falcon Heavy in coming years. But Musk is aware that this is an incredibly difficult feat he's trying to pull off, fraught with significant risks. 


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