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Elon Musk is planning to send his car to Mars

By T.K. Randall
December 2, 2017 · Comment icon 8 comments



Where no car has gone before. Image Credit: SpaceX
The maiden voyage of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will carry Musk's own Tesla Roadster in to space.
Due to launch sometime next month from the very same pad from which Apollo 11 famously took off almost half a century ago, the Falcon Heavy will use three Falcon 9 cores to provide enough thrust to send payloads all the way to Mars.

According to Musk, next month's launch will also feature a rather unusual cargo - his own Tesla Roadster - with the aim of placing it in to orbit around the Red Planet.
"Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity," he wrote. "Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent."

The launch will certainly be a challenging one, especially given that it has already been pushed back multiple times and could still be delayed again before it actually takes place.

Whether Musk's car will actually survive its trip to Mars also remains to be seen.

Source: Engadget | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Stiff 5 years ago
He sure doesn't do things by halves.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by Sakari 5 years ago
I interviewed at Tesla's Gigafactory in Reno a while back. They flew me in, 7 hour interview with 5 managers, and a 30 minute Power point presentation I had to do. It could not be under 25 minutes, and not a second over 30 minutes. Those were the rules. Place was impressive. Reason I did not get the job..(HR lady gave me advice in case I had another shot) When asked by every Manager, " why do you want to work with Tesla?" My (or your) answer should be " I want to help save the World. I want to be part of saving this World"....But in detail. They want a team of people who's top, and only goal i... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by _KB_ 5 years ago
and so when future interstellar archaeologists go to mars they'll end up weary confused
Comment icon #4 Posted by Derek Willis 5 years ago
Mr Musk certainly knows how to get publicity for his companies!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Stiff 5 years ago
Can I suggest Kanye West.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Timonthy 5 years ago
But then Kim may follow. That would be a big moon...
Comment icon #7 Posted by Calibeliever 5 years ago
First one to Mars wins ... An New Car!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Eldorado 4 years ago
Update: SpaceX's 'Starman' and Its Tesla Roadster Are Now Beyond Mars. Report: https://www.space.com/42337-spacex-tesla-roadster-starman-beyond-mars.html Tracker: http://www.whereisroadster.com/


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