The pre-launch of the Kennedy Space Shuttle on the Sokol missile on June 25 was the first night shot of the SpaceX heavy-duty ship, the most powerful starter currently operating around the world. 39A at 2:30 am EDT (06:30 GMT) with two dozen research, technology demonstrations, and time monitoring satellites for the US Air Force, NASA, NOAA, Taiwan and universities.
Merlin's main engines, built at the base of three stages of the booster, drove the launcher from the launch site with 5.1 million pounds. Less than nine minutes later, the two Falcon Heavy side hoppers returned to the nearby Cape Canaveral air force station for choreography, a nearly simultaneous landing.
Read our entire history for mission details and see our previous photo gallery for additional Falcon Heavy launch and landing images.