Earlier this month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that he would be launching SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket to Mars with a special payload.. his own personal first-generation Tesla Roadster.
Most people thought he was just blowing smoke. But today, Elon Musk posted a series of 7 photos on Instagram showing the Roadster mounted at a 45-degree angle to a pedestal inside the payload fairing, with the caption “a red car for the red planet”.
A Red Car for the Red Planet Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel. The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.
According to Musk, the car will be locked in Mars orbit for 1 billion years playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” for as long as it has power. The first test launch is scheduled for next month.