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

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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.

In a promissory follow-up to his plan of launching the "s$3 iliest thing we can imagine" on the first Falcon Heavy Rocket, Elon Musk launched a series of tweets on Friday night confirming that he is launching the Tesla Roadster to Mars in 2018. The CEO of Tesla Inc. It will be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and "will be in deep space for a billion years if it doesn't blow up on ascent".

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

Some rich men buy a red sports auto when they hit middle age. The space and electric vehicle mogul tweeted on Friday that the rocket would be carrying "my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster", aimed at the orbit of Mars. It is scheduled to launch from the Apollo 11 pad at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, in a month.

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While a Falcon 9 has nine Merlin engines, a Falcon Heavy has 27. Company executives previously spoke of how hard it is to build such a large rocket-powered by three Falcon 9 cores, meaning it has thrice the thrust of original Falcon 9. The company pushed back Heavy's first flight a few times: it was originally gunning for a summer launch but eventually moved it to November (and then again to December).

It is a more powerful rocket that SpaceX hopes to use for missions to the Moon and Mars.

Larson defended sending a auto to Mars orbit instead of a scientific probe, saying by email: "Anytime you have a new rocket launching, you're going to learn a lot".

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