Elon Musk’s pioneering SpaceX launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket could be a watershed moment in space travel. No longer the preserve of expensive government-financed space programs, here was a nimble, ambitious entrepreneur putting his business mind to the next frontiers of human discovery.
Launching from the Kennedy Space Center, the odds of the test flight yesterday being successful were given at about 50/50.
The mission was all about payload, putting as much weight into space as possible. As it was, it was Musk’s old Tesla sports car that was strapped to the rocket, with David Bowie playing on a loop.
Musk, known for his Tesla electric motor company, and Paypal, said the payload of the flight was twice that of the 2004 Delta IV Heavy rocket, at a third of the price.
So with all that in mind, why not play a few space-related slots to celebrate the achievement?
View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth. pic.twitter.com/QljN2VnL1O
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018
Here’s a few of the best.
Sadly, I don’t think Mr Musk is expected the Falcon Heavy to come back, but Rocket Returns might give the player something back for their wagering.
This Bally retro slot feels like an arcade game, especially when played in portrait mode on mobile.
It has nine reels, kind of, and 228 paylines.
The wild is a rocket, which appears on position five only – which is in the middle. It does the usual substitution for other symbols but also randomly applies a multiplier up to 3x and any winning line.
The selling point of this slot is the potential to win 1,268 times your stake on a single spin. This could happen in the free games round where a bonus scatter symbol launches free spins, where multipliers have a 5x potential.
This is a fairly volatile slot meaning wins don’t come regularly, but can be high paying when they do.
WHERE TO PLAY: You can try this at NetBet casino.
While Musk’s Tesla may be not quite be a UFO, are colourful metal flying object none the less stokes memories of that arcade classic Space Invaders.
For those of a certain age, this sometimes maddening game seemed at the forefront of the new electrical entertainment revolution.
And now it has been brought to online casinos.
This five reel slot has ten paylines and all of those classic Space Invaders aliens as symbols but with none of the need to be skilled at the game.
The ‘Turn Wild’ feature sees a canon come in to play and blast away low paying symbols, and turning them wild for big wins.
Spot a UFO flying over the reels and if it lines up with the canon when the reels stop, the player gets a free spin with nine added wilds – and the potential for major wins.
WHERE TO PLAY: This relatively new Playtech slot can be played right now at a range of casinos including William Hill.
Now here’s a quirky litte number from Play N’ Go.
Featuring aliens, what’s first noticeable is that this looks a long way from a standard slot game.
The 7×7 grid is immediately a little odd looking and has a cascading reels format which means multiple wins can be gained from a single spin – similar to something seen in Gonzo’s Quest.
There are a bundle of features on offer in this cutesy alien slot with the aim being to charge the power metre to unlock each one.
The main feature, if you get that far, is unlocking the Gargantoon feature, which sees a wild filling 3×3, 2×2 or 1×1 on the reels.
It is a simple game with a lot of depth, so there is plenty to explore, and the possibility of a win 4,570 your stake.
WHERE TO PLAY: This one can be spun right now at Casumo Casino.
This Playtech title once again is inspired by aliens, in an intergalactic sci-fi adventure that seeks to put players in a world of alien heroes, planets and futuristic sounds.
Have a go now in demoplay mode below.
The game offers a 3×3 wild symbol landing on the reels for the chance of some big wins.
Wins themselves generate re-spins, which escalate three levels where high value symbols become scatters. Any high win scatter present on reels 3,4,5 pays its paytable value multiplied by the amount of times they appear on the reels.
This is a laid back slot, which can really build momentum when re-spins trigger.
WHERE TO PLAY: You can play this at Betfair Casino.
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