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More photos from SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy Night launch – Spaceflight Now



The predefined launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center by a Falcon Heavy Rocket on June 25 was the first nightlift of SpaceX's heavy lift, the most powerful launch currently operating anywhere in the world.

Falcon Heavy lifted from pad 39A at 02:30 EDT (0630 GMT) with two dozen research, technology demonstration and weather observation satellites for the US Air Force, NASA, NOAA, Taiwan and universities.

The steering wheel is 27 Merlin 1D main engines mounted at the base of three booster stages, the rocket ran off the launch pad with 5.1 million pounds of shock. Less than nine minutes later, Falcon Heavy's two sideboosters returned to nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for choreographed, almost simultaneous landings.

Read our full story for details of the mission and see our previous photo gallery for further photos of Falcon Heavy's launch and landing.

Credit: SpaceX / US Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force
Credit: SpaceX / U.S. Air Force

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