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

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However, SpaceX (and Tesla electric car) founder Elon Musk says he wants to use the debut flight to launch his own "midnight cherry red" Tesla Roadster into space. It will be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and "will be in deep space for a billion years if it doesn't blow up on ascent".

As per the blog, Musk confirmed the plan in an email response: "it's so real".

In what can only be described as "the freakish news of the day", Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla has announced that the next SpaceX mission rocket will carry a very unique payload - his own first generation Tesla Roadster. It is scheduled to launch from the Apollo 11 pad at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, in a month.

Some rich men buy a red sports vehicle when they hit middle age.

Musk, while speaking at the International Astronautical Congress a while back said that he is planning to pour all of SpaceX's resources into an even bigger rocket architecture known as the Interplanetary Transport System that can even plant a colony on Mars. Falcon Heavy is a far more powerful rocket that has been in development for years.

Falcon Heavy is a blend of three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together, according to Tech Times.

Larson defended sending a auto to Mars orbit instead of a scientific probe, saying by email: "Anytime you have a new rocket launching, you're going to learn a lot".

SpaceX has had a strong year. "Just like the first flight of a new jumbo jet doesn't go with a full complement of passengers, it makes sense to do a launch where you can learn a lot but the payload isn't mission critical". The company has already flown 16 missions in 2017, double the number in 2016, and is slated to ferry cargo to the International Space Station on December 8 as part of its contract with Nasa.

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