concerning SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

I had a great time attending the live launch!
Joseph Campbell in 1974 speaks of the absurd nature of the car and Starman, the DON'T PANIC on the Tesla dashboard shows the understanding. Campbell, 1974:

"So we have the civilizations growing out of mythologies, and these are mythologies that convince the people within them that they are finding their fulfillment within the world in which they are dwelling.

Now something happened to our world a little while ago. Let’s think what the old Medieval myth was, which really was the life of the Medieval civilization so that people between the year 1150 and 1250 built most of the great cathedrals in Europe. They put everything they had into that absurd task.

Mythology asks for absurd tasks—think of the Egyptian pyramids. I mean the economic interpretation of history just doesn’t confront the pyramids. [laughter] And that was the beginning. In fact, the economic concern is ego concern with survival and all that, which is the non-mythological concern, and it has never built a civilization—it has never built a cathedral.

What builds the civilization and the cathedral is a mad aspiration of some kind. And as long as that lasts, people are pulling together. And if you don’t have an aspiration, then the only other thing that will pull people together so they will do something is fear. Either aspiration or fear, and then people will work together. But let them not be scared, and not have something crazy pushing them, then just their thinking of survival, security and you know what else."

"I think it's going to encourage other countries and companies to raise their sights and say, 'we can do bigger and better,' which is great. We want a new space race. Space races are exciting." - Elon Musk, South African immigrant to the USA

Social Media gathers for in-person visit to the Cape:

On Tuesday, here in Florida, there will be an attempt to launch a space rocket with 27 engines all starting within critical timing ("It may look instantaneous to the eye, but in reality, you've got this wave of ignitions that are happening")!

After the 27 engines fire and lift, the rocket will split into 4 parts! Three tubes will independently land - two returning to the spaceport from which they took off - the third landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean some 400 miles (600 km) off of Florida's east coast! The fourth part will continue to travel into space, away from the earth!

It's one thing to see a rocket launch, but we also get to see a launch that splits into 4 parts - and three parts (9 engines each) will land about eight minutes after the massive 27 engine departure launch!

The most shocking thing to me was the wind clearance. The Falcon Heavy has a sideways profile that makes it more prone to wind issues than a Falcon 9. There were delays on launch day, but it seems SpaceX is more willing to take risks. This comment from 2016 launch experiences seems relevant to my personal expectations: "03/02/2016 02:36 AM » In a long career of launching rockets, I can't recall seeing a vehicle wait for days for upper level winds to subside before attempting to launch. It may have happened, but I don't remember it. What I DO remember is sitting through countdowns on more than one mission waiting for the next balloon data to come in, hoping that the smart guys could develop a solution for the wind profile. Sometimes we launched (successfully, of course :) ), and sometimes we scrubbed. The forecasts are obviously important, but they're not a guarantee. It says a lot that SpaceX isn't even willing to try. I'm struggling to understand the logic that says a multiple day delay is worth it for such a low probability of success for booster recovery. Unless that isn't what's driving the decision here."