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SpaceX: Elon Musk Shares Staggering Video That Shows True Size of Rockets

Elon Musk has shared a video that helps visualize the sheer scale of SpaceX’s rockets, and the results are awe-inspiring. The CEO retweeted a video on Wednesday from YouTube channel Corridor Crew, which uses visual effects to show the size of the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and BFR rockets in real-life situations.

The video, which uses 3D models produced by Reese Wilson, shows the sheer scale of the company’s rockets that it’s using to fulfill its space exploration ambitions. While the Falcon 9 has been sending satellites into space and the Falcon Heavy completed a test flight with the Tesla Roadster, it’s the upcoming BFR that will transport humans to Mars as soon as 2024. Musk described the video as “cool,” while astronomy writer Phil Plait wrote that it was amazing: “The SF/X are really really good. I’ve been to the SpaceX factory twice, and have seen the landing leg on the main floor and the booster outside. They’re WAY bigger than you’d think.”

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The Falcon 9, used by SpaceX for the vast majority of its missions, stands at 230 feet tall with a diameter of 12 feet and a mass of 1.2 million pounds. The Falcon Heavy, which launched Musk’s personal red Roadster electric car into space on its first test mission in February, is essentially multiple Falcon 9s strapped together, so the height is the same but the width stands at 40 feet and the mass at 3.1 million pounds. The Falcon Heavy is currently the world’s most powerful operational rocket, but NASA’s Saturn V still holds the overall record.

It’s the BFR that will stun with its size. The rocket is set to start transporting cargo to Mars as soon as 2022, and it will take a lot to do this. It’s going to stand at 348 feet tall, with a total mass of 9.7 million pounds and a diameter of 30 feet. Alongside missions to Mars, the rocket will power trips around the Earth, with company president Gwynne Shotwell claiming that it will fly the rocket “like an aircraft.”

The first BFR test mission is set to take place in the first half of next year, Musk claimed at the South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas, in March.

It may not be long before we get to see the sheer scale of the rocket in reality.

Media via Corridor Crew/YouTube

iOS 13: 5 features you'll love in Apple's free iPhone software update

The new software update makes a number of big changes.

IOS 13, Apple’s major software update for the iPhone, is here.

On Tuesday, Apple started rolling out the free update for the iPhone 6S and later (sorry, 5S and 6 users). In this year’s annual major release, Apple has introduced a number of headline features that make some big quality-of-life improvements. Others are less visible, like apps that load twice as fast and Face ID that opens the device 30 percent faster.

iPhone 11 reviews: 'terrific' battery and camera, but maybe wait to upgrade

Do you need the latest iPhone?

Before considering the iPhone 11, ask yourself this: do you actually need a new iPhone?

That’s the question circling around Tuesday’s iPhone 11 reviews ahead of its Friday launch, which praise Apple’s latest smartphone for delivering an even better camera, even longer battery life and even faster performance. But gone are the days when each yearly update would bring groundbreaking new features like video recording, a front-facing camera, or nine times faster graphics performance. Phones are already pretty fast, take good pictures and tend to last most of the day.

iOS 13: Apple's Golden Master Download Sets the Stage for a Major Release

Apple's next software update is almost here.

IOS 13 has nearly arrived. On Tuesday, Apple took the wraps off the golden master for its next major smartphone software update, giving developers the chance to test out the possibly-final version of the software before it rolls out to consumers.

The launch of the iOS 13 golden master, which came just after the company unveiled the iPhone 11, brings a slew of new features to the iOS platform. Dark mode has finally made its debut, offering a new selection of user interface colors that will shine on the high-end OLED iPhones. A new photos app curates favorites in a smarter interface, new mapping features detail the world, and a new reminders app helps users remember their most pressing tasks faster.

Apple iPhone 11: When Does It Come Out? Preorder, Delivery, and Sale Dates

The new iPhone is about to hit stores.

The iPhone 11 is almost here. On Tuesday, Apple unveiled three new devices, all touting the next smartphone’s name — the dual-camera iPhone 11, and the triple-camera iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Apple’s latest smartphone release looks set to turn heads. The new devices use an A13 Bionic chip, dubbed by the company as the fastest CPU and GPU ever to ship in a smartphone, 20 percent faster than the A12. All three devices offer a new ultra-wide-angle lens, enabling users to fit subjects in the frame even in tight spaces and offering new creative effects. 5G is a no-show, but all three support Wi-Fi 6 and faster gigabit-class LTE.

iPhone 11 Pro Price, Release Date, Design for the A-13 Bionic Bad Boy

Is it worth the upgrade?

Apple revealed a couple of new devices on Tuesday, but the biggest announcement for early adopters is without a doubt the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. This cutting-edge smartphone features the latest camera technology, an A-13 Bionic, improved battery life and more. Here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, from price and release date to specs and features.