What first appeared to be a joke is really going to happen, and soon.
SpaceX, one of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s other companies, is set to launch its new Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6 at 1:30 PM Eastern. And on board that rocket will be a Tesla Roadster and it won’t be going alone. Musk has shared a new photo of the Roadster in its payload adapter with “Starman” sitting in the driver’s seat. The CEO promised SpaceX would launch the “silliest thing we can imagine” on the Falcon Heavy’s maiden voyage, and along with the Roadster there’s now an astronaut mannequin that will be sent out as far as the orbit of Mars.
The Falcon Heavy is touted to be the world’s most powerful operational rocket by a factor of two. It has the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64-metric tons. According to SpaceX, at maximum velocity, the Tesla Roadster will travel 7 mi/s (11 km/s) and travel 250-million miles (400-million kilometers) from Earth.
And to give us a preview of what SpaceX and Musk hopes will happen tomorrow at the Falcon Heavy’s launch, is a new video showing the Tesla Roadster heading in space, towards Mars.
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