Elon Musk is sending a car to Mars on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. Many of us might have taken the news with a laugh when we first saw it in a tweet earlier this month.
After a few days, it turned out, the Mars-loving CEO of SpaceX and Tesla wasn’t joking at all. On Friday, Musk shared the pictures of a cherry red Tesla Roadster being loaded onto a Falcon Heavy rocket.
The red EV won’t get the chance to roll its wheels on Mars. It’s destined to remain in the red planet’s orbit for billions of years – playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on a loop – if the car manages to survive the ascent and doesn’t blow up.
Sending an actual car to space isn’t boring like sending other things such as mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks as payload. “That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel,” he wrote.
Falcon Heavy, fitted with three boosters, is a reusable launch vehicle designed to carry bigger payloads into space. The successor to Falcon 9 will go on its first space trip in January along with Musk’s Roadster. Later, it will be used to deploy payloads for other customers.