Tesla's space sports vehicle to pass Mars orbit, crash through asteroid belt

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We've known about Musk's desire to launch his Tesla into space since December, but it wasn't until last week that the company got the required government nod. The original plan had the vehicle traveling only as far as Mars, coming close to the red planet but hopefully not nicking it.

It's pretty likely the auto will get smashed to bits in there, and even if it survives the belt, scientists say that that harsh environment of space will destroy it. "Exceeded [the trajectory towards] Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt". "It's just literally a normal vehicle in space, which I kind of like the absurdity of that".

If the launch goes to plan today, the Roadster will be launched into space, where it will travel at 11km/s (7m/s) and 400 million kilometers (250 million miles) from Earth. While the shuttles had more liftoff muscle than the Heavy, the all-time leaders in both size and might were NASA's Saturn V rockets, which first carried astronauts to the moon in 1968.

Although the failure to land the payload at the planned orbit raises questions over SpaceX's ability to execute the space-launch, it may end up drawing more private companies seeking its services.

"Falcon Heavy opens up a new class of payload", Musk told reporters following Tuesday's launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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SpaceX took a lot of time to develop its powerful rocket, and spent more than half a billion dollars doing so, according to Musk.

Mars is driving all of Musk's space efforts.

The Falcon Heavy rose from the same launch pad used by Nasa almost 50 years ago to send men to the moon.

While it will be "a really huge downer if it blows up", Musk said, the hope is that any failure comes far enough into the Heavy's flight "so we at least learn as much as possible along the way".

SpaceX's rocket costs $90 million. U.S. astronauts have been riding Russian rockets, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a seat, to get to the space station since the shuttle program ended in 2011.

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