SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy for the third time in its most complex mission yet

Twenty-four satellites, including four NASA science missions, a tiny sail that may one day visit another solar system and the ashes of 152 dead loved ones ⁠— all contained in the bowels of the world’s most powerful rocket ⁠— streaked to space early Tuesday morning.

The third successful launch of SpaceX’s mighty Falcon Heavy, and its first at night, took off from Kennedy Space Center’s launch complex 39A at 2:30 a.m., marking one of the most complex and technically challenging missions in the company’s history. The mission was pushed back from an 11:30 p.m. takeoff time Monday while the teams worked to complete additional ground system checkouts. Read more here.