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Elon Musk Really is Sending a Roadster to the Red Planet

Elon Musk Really is Sending a Roadster to the Red Planet

Not the most subtle of promotions, for sure.

The CEO announced his intention just after the start of this month via a weird message that, for some reason, included the car's color (midnight cherry) as well as the fact it would be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as it left the Earth.

The photoset on Musk's Instagram account reminds everyone that test flights usually contain mass in the form of concrete or steel blocks to test load capacity.

"The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing 'Space Oddity, ' on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit", wrote Musk under the heading, "A Red Car for the Red Planet".

Elon Musk said on December 1 that he'd launch his old red Tesla Roadster toward Mars. If successful, the launch will put the auto on a path to intercept the orbit of Mars.

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




"Major navigation overhaul coming in early 2018".

But, noticeably, the reusable rocket system is missing the clamshell top, or fairing, in the images. There's at least a non-zero chance things won't go smoothly, however - Musk himself has suggested that the first Falcon Heavy could end with a rocket explosion sometime shortly after takeoff. And in 2010, he launched a wheel of cheese into orbit during the maiden voyage of Dragon, a spaceship built by SpaceX.

Elon Musk's secretive Ad Astra School formed in 2015. He claims that the rocket will be in deep space for a billion years if it doesn't blow up on ascent - and given the success that SpaceX had lately, a successful launch seems likely.

What Bjelde ultimately wants to see in SpaceX candidates is the same mission-driven work ethic he sees from Musk, who has always made clear that the company's collective goal is to get humans to Mars.

Doubling down on his mission to never be boring, he also said that the vehicle would be blasting the famous 1972 song Space Oddity by David Bowie.

We have to keep in mind that it's a demonstration flight for a new rocket.


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