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Elon Musk is planning to send his car to Mars

Posted on Saturday, 2 December, 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)

Tags: Falcon Heavy, Mars

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Stiff on 2 December, 2017, 12:21
He sure doesn't do things by halves.
Comment icon #2 Posted by seanjo on 2 December, 2017, 12:30
Surely there are better things theycould put into a Mars orbit.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Sakari on 2 December, 2017, 12:36
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 #4 Posted by _KB_ on 2 December, 2017, 12:51
and so when future interstellar archaeologists go to mars they'll end up weary confused
Comment icon #5 Posted by Derek Willis on 2 December, 2017, 12:55
Mr Musk certainly knows how to get publicity for his companies!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Stiff on 2 December, 2017, 14:29
Can I suggest Kanye West.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Timonthy on 3 December, 2017, 8:25
But then Kim may follow. That would be a big moon...
Comment icon #8 Posted by Calibeliever on 5 December, 2017, 15:01
First one to Mars wins ... An New Car!

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