Published: Sat, December 23, 2017
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Elon Musk Really is Sending a Roadster to the Red Planet

Elon Musk Really is Sending a Roadster to the Red Planet

In a second tweet, he said the payload for the test flight would be his own personal first-generation Tesla Roadster. The photos were posted just hours after a picture leaked on Reddit that showed a grainy view of the auto being readied for its final ride. Launching a auto into space sounds like something Musk would do, but this is the first confirmation that it's actually happening.

Musk notes that rocket payloads for first test flights are generally just things that provide weight to simulate real cargo, like blocks of concrete or steel. Instead, Musk made a decision to launch his own Roadster into an elliptical orbit around the sun, which he says should last a billion years. It was built with the intention of one day getting humans to Mars.

The launch vehicle is the first of its kind for SpaceX, and the aerospace company claims on its website to be the most powerful rocket in the world today.

Earlier this week, Musk revealed photos of the first Falcon Heavy ever built inside a Cape Canaveral hangar.

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But, noticeably, the reusable rocket system is missing the clamshell top, or fairing, in the images.

The 229.6-foot-tall Falcon Heavy will be able to lift 140,660 pounds to low-Earth orbit.

But the SpaceX CEO isn't getting carried away with all the excitement surrounding the imminent Falcon Heavy launch, pointing out earlier this year that a lot "can go wrong" with the enormous rocket during its initial, highly complicated missions. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent".

It's unlikely the Tesla will be empty, just playing David Bowie's song "Space Oddity" on repeat.

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