Yes, There's Really A Tesla In Space

Starman in Tesla and Ceres

Starman in Tesla and Ceres

Musk said he chose to put his own vehicle into space because he wanted something more interesting as the Falcon Heavy's test payload than the concrete blocks typically used as mass simulators, which he called "extremely boring", USA Today reported.

"Therefore, although we are long-term bearish on the ability of the industry to generate material revenue increases due to increases in capacity we do not expect a major impact from the well-publicised Falcon Heavy launch on European satellite operators", adds the bank.

Although space exploration has always been seen as only being accessible to rocket scientists and government officials, a new era is making space more available to the public - well, at least the richest citizens. The Falcon Heavy can carry roughly 63,500 kilograms (140,000 pounds) of cargo into orbit, i.e., more than double the amount of any other rocket today.

Farewell, Starman. We hardly knew you.

A David Bowie fan, Musk has promised via Twitter to have the vehicle soundtrack playing "Space Oddity".

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center
REUTERS A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Spac

A figure is in the driver's seat, with the right hand on the wheel and the left arm resting on the convertible's door.

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Telsa, on Wednesday posted the final photograph of his Tesla Roadster that was launched into space on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket and is headed to the astroid belt.

SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, and many experts are calling it the most powerful rocket ever launched.

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. They have previously flown on Falcon 9 launches. According to SpaceX, a malfunction led to only one of the center booster's engines firing during its descent; at least three were required for a successful landing.

Originally, the vehicle's planned trajectory would bring it into an orbit that would, at times, bring it close to Mars. So far the company has successfully sent the first privately funded rocket to the International Space Station (2012), and has developed rocket boosters that can be both retrieved and reused. It's meant to be able to go anywhere, from low Earth orbit to Mars, and return to Earth safely.

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