TEMPE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - On Tuesday, A Tesla with a spaceman mannequin behind the wheel was carried into orbit by SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, which is now on an interstellar journey.
The brilliant success of the launch has people talking around the world, with some of the most enthusiastic voices belonging to ASU students who think this rocket could someday bring men and women to Mars and beyond.
America has not seen a liftoff this big since way back in the 1970s, when America sent astronauts to the Moon. Tuesday's launch was an especially big thrill for students at ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration.
"I was not alive for Apollo missions, so this is our generation's space age," said Rocky Kimbrell.
While the launch was a masterpiece of branding and public relations, it is also a genuine space science breakthrough.
"I am very excited for the launch. It means we can travel by rocket in the future," said Lily Li. "New York to Hong Kong, 39 minutes if we travel by rocket."
"In a lot of ways, this is like the Apollo," said Brent Hayashi. "This can go anywhere in our solar system, all the way to Pluto."
The success of this giant reusable rocket means aspiring astronauts now see a new way to visit Mars and beyond, and Leann Scott can't wait.
"It inspires me personally," said Scott. "I want to go out into space, so working on a rocket that could get us there, send the people out there, that really inspires me to keep working in the field."