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Elon Musk To Send His Personal Tesla Roadster To Space

Elon Musk To Send His Personal Tesla Roadster To Space

Elon Musk wants to ship his to Mars.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, its most powerful reusable rocket to date, will have its first and long-delayed launch with Musk's cherry-red Tesla Roadster in January.

The auto will then be put into orbit around Mars in its own little capsule while it belts out David Bowie's legendary song "Space Oddity" presumably to aliens to intercept.

The rocket, which uses 27 Merlin engines (in three blocks of 9 engines), will generate 5 million pounds of thrust.

In conversations with space journalists, and according to company sources, Musk says he is serious about the idea.

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Musk Tweeted on December 1st that he would pre-set the car's sound system to be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as his rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Originally announced in 2011 with a planned launch in 2013, the development of the Falcon Heavy proved to be much more hard than SpaceX expected.

The auto, as it hurtles into space, will be playing a song by David Bowie on repeat.

"Any time you have a new rocket launching, you're going to learn a lot", said Phil Larson, a former space policy adviser to President Barack Obama who worked for SpaceX and is now at the University of Colorado. The proposed roadster trip falls more into line with other whimsical first launch payloads, such as the return cargo of the first Dragon flight in 2010 including a wheel of Gruyere cheese. The new vehicle will be the most powerful rocket in production, capable of carrying more than 63 metric tons of cargo to low-earth orbit-or almost 17 metric tons to Mars. SpaceX has Falcon Heavy launches for satellite customers and the U.S. military on its manifest. The probe could take pictures better than ones from Earth telescopes, similar to the recent NASA flyby mission of Pluto.

"As the Falcon Heavy launch is very soon, I do not think that it is possible to build a spacecraft that quickly", Hein said.