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SpaceX Bucks Launch Tradition in First Flight of New Rocket

SpaceX is bucking decades of launch tradition for the first test flight of its new megarocket.   The Falcon Heavy is set to become the world's most powerful rocket in use Tuesday when it blasts off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. None of the usual, no-big-deal-if-it's-destroyed launch ballast — like steel or concrete slabs, or mundane experiments — for this curtain raiser.   Instead, the rocket will be hauling a red sports convertible with a space-suited dummy...

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