By Gene Seymour
(CNN)The new Space Age began Tuesday, even though so much of it felt like the old one -- in a good way.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, more powerful than any rocket in use today, was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, carrying a payload intended to fly near Mars one day
Once the massive rocket sprinted off historic launchpad 39A about 3:45 p.m., everything seemed to go off as planned, from the activation of David Bowie's music as soundtrack to the pinpoint return of two reusable booster rockets to separate platforms on the ground.
Let us elaborate: The boosters fired retro rockets, unfolded their landing gear and touched down like helicopters.
As we say: This is a new Space Age.
What felt familiar, however, was the breathtaking and (literally) earthshaking excitement of watching a massive man-made launch vehicle destined to push something man-made farther than anyone can now imagine. The only thing that could have stoked the emotions harder was knowing there was a human being aboard.
There wasn't. There was a red Tesla Roadster with a dummy in a space suit behind the wheel. That's "dummy" as in mannequin, not a figure of speech or a joke.
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