Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Elon Musk isn't joking about sending a Tesla to Mars

Elon Musk isn't joking about sending a Tesla to Mars Elon Musk isn't joking about sending a Tesla to Mars
Sandra Phillips | 06 December, 2017, 00:16

The roll-out of this news last week occasioned bafflement as space reporters attempted to determine if this was a joke, a spur-of-the-moment idea Musk would execute in the weeks ahead of launch, or a plan that SpaceX has fully worked out.

The business magnate tweeted: "Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity".

The launch date of SpaceX's latest "Falcon Heavy" rocket has been delayed.

While it would be marvelous to see SpaceX's heavy-lift rocket carry a Tesla to Mars next month, it may be best to limit our expectations.

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While a Falcon 9 has nine Merlin engines, a Falcon Heavy has 27.

Falcon Heavy's maiden flight will reportedly take part in January 2018.

SpaceX is heavily banking on the Falcon Heavy to be the most powerful rocket ever made when it launches in January 2018 and needs something appropriately epic to take along with it. SpaceX is hoping it takes them on missions to the moon and Mars - and this time he simply added an electric vehicle to the ride.

A half-dozen Mars scientists contacted by BuzzFeed News declined to comment on the proposal, perhaps wary of antagonizing the rocket company they hope will someday ship their scientific probes into space. The new vehicle will be the most powerful rocket in production, capable of carrying more than 63 metric tons of cargo to low-earth orbit-or almost 17 metric tons to Mars. The red Tesla Roadster will be sent to space on a mission to the red planet, Mars. It will also mark a coming out for the muchawaited Falcon Heavy, in a launch slated for the same Florida launchpad that sent Apollo astronauts to the moon. The mission would identify hazards, confirm water resources, and start creating the infrastructure necessary for a second trip in 2024 carrying cargo and crew, according to Tech Times.

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