Elon Musk To Launch Tesla Roadster To Mars Orbit
In a series of tweets on December 1, Elon Musk, the tech billionaire who founded SpaceX, said he planned to launch a Tesla electric car to Mars orbit in 2018. On Friday afternoon, he posted a striking photo on Instagram of a 2008 red Tesla Roadster sitting in the carbon-fiber fairing of a Falcon Heavy rocket — just as he had promised. “The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.” The aerospace company says the launch vehicle, the first of its kind for SpaceX, is the most powerful rocket in the world today. With enough fuel and the right trajectory, Falcon Heavy has enough thrust to launch a payload heavier than a car to Pluto, let alone Mars.
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