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SpaceX launch called 'awesome,' 'monumental,' 'incredible'

(Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP). The crowd cheers at Playalinda Beach in the Canaveral National Seashore, just north of the Kennedy Space Center, during the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Playalinda is... (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP). The crowd cheers at Playalinda Beach in the Canaveral National Seashore, just north of the Kennedy Space Center, during the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Playalinda is...
(Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP). Crowds on the beach in Cape Canaveral watch two of the three boosters from the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, from Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39A land moments apart at Landing Zones 1 and 2 ... (Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP). Crowds on the beach in Cape Canaveral watch two of the three boosters from the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, from Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39A land moments apart at Landing Zones 1 and 2 ...

By The Associated Press

Reaction to SpaceX's launch of the most powerful rocket in operation today:

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"View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently there is a car in orbit around Earth."- SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk via Twitter

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"Beautiful shots of Starman chilling in the Tesla Roadster. Absolutely incredible." - SpaceX engineer and launch commentator Michael Hammersley

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"If people think we're in a race with the Chinese, this is our secret weapon: the entrepreneurship of people like Elon (Musk) and others like Jeff Bezos." - former Mars czar Scott Hubbard of Stanford University

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"It was awesome like a science fiction movie coming to reality. They nailed it."- former NASA deputy administrator and MIT astronautics professor Dava Newman

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"It's really a major step forward in space exploration ... It is a test flight, the beginnings of the long road you have to do to qualify to put folks on board." - former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe

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"This is just a very monumental and very visual piece of evidence that shows how strong American industry is."- former NASA chief technology officer Bobby Braun of University of Colorado

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