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A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Falcon Heavy, has three first-stage boosters, strapped together with 27 engines in all. (AP Photo/John Raoux)MoreCloseclosemore
A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Falcon Heavy, has three first-stage boosters, strapped together with 27 engines in all. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

With guest host Indira Lakshmanan.

Falcon Heavy roars into the sky – the most powerful rocket ever sent into space by a private company. We’ll look at SpaceX and the private space industry.

Guests:

Miriam Kramer, deputy science editor for Mashable. (@mirikramer)

Phil Larson, assistant dean, University of Colorado's College of Engineering and Applied Science. (@philliplarson)

Christian Maender, director of in-space manufacturing and research, Axiom Space.

Henry Hertzfeld, professor of space policy and international affairs, George Washington University.

From The Reading List:

Mashable: Watching SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch To Space Was Like Seeing Into The Future — "For years, space nerds have heard about this huge new rocket with three boosters that could land back on Earth after flying payload after payload to space. But did I think it would really happen, and that somehow, someway I'd get to see it live? Nope."

Perched atop the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, a red Tesla sports car is hitchhiking into the galaxy this week. It’s a stellar moment for the commercial spaceflight industry – where the possibilities seem boundless, a new frontier after NASA’s retreat from space exploration. But can private companies obey the rules of the road in outer space? This hour, On Point: the future of private spaceflight. --Indira Lakshmanan

This program aired on February 8, 2018.

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