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Space missions have long exemplified humankind's indomitable spirit and boundless ambition. Once the reserve of nations, space is fact opening up to commercial enterprises and could soon be the must-go destination for tourists – provided the accumulation of debris doesn't turn Earth's orbit into a no-go zone. All this comes as missions beyond the Moon provide greater insights into our solar system and more powerful telescopes give us a glimpse at exoplanets light years away.

New Atlas keeps you up to date with the latest space news and fantastic images from all corners of the Universe.

Falcon Heavy vs. the classic Saturn V

The first flight of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket is scheduled for January 31.It will be the most powerful operational booster in the world –​ at twice the capacity of its nearest rival. To get a sense of perspective, let's see how it stacks up to the granddaddy of all space rockets, the Saturn V.

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