Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket causes multi-car crash in California

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Meanwhile, SpaceX is still tracking towards the imminent launch of Zuma, a secretive satellite payload that will see Falcon 9 return to Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral.

"Team at the Cape performed a propellant loading test of Falcon 9 on Pad 40 this morning - additional static fire test of the rocket was not necessary", the post read. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will be set for launching from Pad 39-A at the John F. Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida, which is a section of the same area which sent the Apollo missions to the moon.

Elon Musk's Roadster seen before being encapsulated in Falcon Heavy's massive payload fairing. Photos of the Roadster being loaded into the Falcon Heavy payload fairing seem to confirm that SpaceX will indeed try to launch the red auto to the red planet. The rocket uses three Falcon 9 boosters combined for maximum load capacity when leaving Earth's atmosphere, and it's looking to do its first test launch within the next few weeks from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The mission was first added to SpaceX's manifest in October, with an initial launch slated for mid-November. Inside that cone-shaped faring rests Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster. It has three cores that work in unison to get the rocket into a low Earth orbit.

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After the launch, SpaceX will attempt to land all three cores of the Falcon Heavy-the two side boosters on ground-based landing pads at Cape Canaveral, where they will touch down nearly simultaneously, and the central core on a drone ship out in the Atlantic.

Earlier last week SpaceX said it had delayed the launch of its giant Falcon Heavy rocket until 2018.

SpaceX has been working on the Falcon Heavy rocket for years, and announced this fall that work to build an even bigger rocket that will be capable of transporting humans to Mars was already underway. "There's a real good chance that vehicle does not make it to orbit".

Musk, who aspires to colonize the "Red Planet" in the coming decade, wants to land at least two of the spacecraft on Mars by 2022, according to CNN.

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