A new generation of giant rockets is about to blast off

Los Angeles Times 

A reused SpaceX first-stage, which will be used as a side booster on the Falcon Heavy's demonstration flight, is test-fired in May. It's been 44 years since the mighty Saturn V last thundered skyward from a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The towering rocket, generating enough power to lift 269,000 pounds into orbit, had been the workhorse of the Apollo moon missions. Later this year, SpaceX plans to launch its most powerful rocket yet from the same pad. The long-awaited Falcon Heavy is key to the Hawthorne company's plans to ramp up its defense business, send tourists around the moon and launch its first uncrewed mission to Mars.

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