Last month, we reported on Elon Musk’s tweet that said he would launch a cherry red Tesla Roadster into Martian orbit. He then seemed to walk his Tweet back later in a few comments. We weren’t quite sure what to think. Well, now we know.
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.
SpaceX released photos of the Tesla Roadster in a very space-worthy looking configuration. The Tesla was shown inside of the cavernous cargo hold of SpaceX’s new rocket, the Falcon Heavy. It is set to launch on its first test launch in early 2018. This is pretty exciting for the space geeks out there. It will be the first ever launch of a car into space. While this is particularly unique cargo, we can’t help but wonder how the Tesla’s paint will hold up in space. And how will those side panels handle the impact from micrometeorites? Here’s hoping for a successful launch so that we can see for ourselves.
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