Elon Musk to launch his Roadster to Mars on spaceX Rocket

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Elon Musk to launch his Roadster to Mars on spaceX Rocket

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said the first flight of his company’s Falcon Heavy rocket will be to send his personal midnight cherry Tesla Roadster into space. Musk first tweeted out the idea on Friday evening.

The first Falcon Heavy’s “payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity,� Musk wrote on Twitter, referencing the famous David Bowie song. “Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.�

Musk has spoken openly about the non-zero chance that the Falcon Heavy will explode during its first flight, and because of that he once said intends to launch the "silliest thing we can imagine" on top of the rocket. Now we know what he meant.
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I hope he succeeds in all his ventures even though some are more sensible than others.
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Post by cubes »

If you're testing the rocket you might as well put something on top...
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Post by adam2 »

Yes, but, If I was testing a rocket on a trip to mars I would send something useful, such as water and long life food that could be very valuable indeed to future explorers.
Long life dry doomfood should keep almost forever under Martian conditions, suitably packed water would freeze and then last indefinitely.
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