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SpaceX's new Falcon Heavy rocket to carry Tesla Roadster to Mars

SpaceX's new Falcon Heavy rocket to carry Tesla Roadster to Mars

CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company is aiming to send it to the Martian orbit next month from the same iconic launch pad where Apollo 11 took off.

"Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity".

SpaceX successfully completed a "static fire test" of the "world's most powerful" rocket back in May.

Musk's announcement of the planned launch of the giant rocket comes just over two months after he outlined his vision for eventually putting humans on Mars and colonizing the planet. While it does not have the thrust of the Saturn V moon rockets, it is smaller, lighter, and it is reusable.

It is noted that the rocket will launch into orbit of Mars own auto Mask Tesla Roadster, which will play the song of David Bowie's Space Oddity. Not only he did start a $51-billion auto company from scratch, but he also successfully managed to launch several dozen rockets - and also land and reuse part of them. Musk himself has said that the first Falcon Heavy launch may end in disaster or fail to achieve Earth orbit, much less complete a Hohmann transfer and head for Mars.

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Musk has a net worth of about 19.5 billion dollars.

The rocket is a blend of three of SpaceX's Falcon 9 strapped together; subsequently, it will have thrice the thrust of one single Falcon 9 rocket.

The rocket will be capable of lifting more than 54 metric tons, which is equal to a 737 jetliner full of fuel, luggage, crew, and passengers. The Falcon Heavy can also transport a Dragon spacecraft.

Musk has stated that there's a non-zero chance of the Falcon Heavy exploding on its first flight. It will carry out missions like making 30-minute transcontinental travel possible on Earth and helping to build a colony on Mars. As if bringing humans to the Red Planet were not hard enough, he has now announced he wants to send his Tesla sports auto too.