Space oddity: Dummy rides Elon Musk’s Tesla to Mars (VIDEO)
Elon Musk has sent his Tesla Roadster into the deep unknown aboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, which successfully launched on its first-ever test flight.
Carrying the SpaceX founder’s personal Tesla, Falcon Heavy took flight on Tuesday around 3:45pm EST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Cameras attached to the electric car showed it heading deeper into space. The car, blaring David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ on an endless loop, is being piloted by a dummy dressed in a spacesuit, dubbed ‘Starman.’
The Roadster, which is “Made on Earth by Humans,” is heading in the direction of Mars at a speed of seven miles a second after separating from the rocket.
Falcon Heavy side cores have landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2. pic.twitter.com/oMBqizqnpI— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 6, 2018
Mere minutes after successfully launching the Falcon Heavy rocket SpaceX began streaming live footage from the Tesla Roadster it had released into space. ‘Don’t Panic,’ the dashboard of the car reads, as ‘Starman’ stares back at Earth.
View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth. pic.twitter.com/QljN2VnL1O— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018
Two of the rocket’s booster stages have meanwhile returned to Earth. The third booster however crash landed and was destroyed near SpaceX’s autonomous drone-ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The center core didn’t have enough propellant to re-ignite all nine of its Merlin engines during the final landing burn, Musk said during a press conference.
Musk’s space vehicle won’t actually touch down on Mars but will instead indefinitely float across the abyss, until one day it may perhaps be discovered by alien life.
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