Musk to Put His Personal Tesla Into Mars Orbit

SpaceX to send a Tesla Roadster into outer space

The space and electric vehicle mogul tweeted on Friday that the rocket would be carrying "my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster", aimed at the orbit of Mars.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced that the first flight of his company's "Falcon Heavy" rocket will carry a Tesla Roadster - touted as the quickest auto in the world with record-setting acceleration, range and performance - into Martian orbit.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, its most powerful reusable rocket to date, will have its first and long-delayed launch with Musk's cherry-red Tesla Roadster in January. The answer is somewhere between the second and third options, according to Musk and anonymous SpaceX sources.


Musk Tweeted on December 1st that he would pre-set the car's sound system to be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as his rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Company executives previously spoke of how hard it is to build such a large rocket-powered by three Falcon 9 cores, meaning it has thrice the thrust of original Falcon 9. The first test, which will precede the attempt to fire a Tesla Roadster into Mars orbit, will be a "static fire" in which all of the engines are activated at once. Musk expects his Roadster to remain in deep space for a billion of years unless Falcon Heavy blows up on its way to the red planet. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.

SpaceX was hoping to launch the heavy-lift rocket before the year was out until recently. The probe could take pictures better than ones from Earth telescopes, similar to the recent NASA flyby mission of Pluto.

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