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Tesla to Mars: 'Starman' Bowie Strapped Into Red Roadster Atop Heavy Rocket Set for Launch

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:58 AM

A Tesla is flying to Mars, complete with a David Bowie dummy named “Starman” strapped into one of Elon Musk’s shiny red Roadsters mounted atop the Falcon Heavy Rocket set to launch on Tuesday afternoon.

It’s not a joke. The car replaces the blob of concrete or steel that normally would make such a journey. You can watch the SpaceX live webcast here.

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The SpaceX project is expected to launch from a pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday afternoon and will send the powerful new rocket hurtling through space and towards Mars, where it will hopefully launch the shiny red car into the elliptical orbit of the sun and the red planet, Science Alert reported.

While new rockets being tested in flight usually carry mass simulators such as concrete or steel blocks, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in an Instagram post that was boring and “anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel.”

He noted that the Tesla Roadster would be the payload and would be “playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.”

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Provided the Roadster doesn’t blow up during ascent, Musk said it would remain in deep space for a billion years or so, The Telegraph reported.

“I would consider it a win if it just clears the pad and doesn’t blow the pad to smithereens,” he said. “That’s four million pounds of TNT equivalent so there’s probably not going to be much left if that thing lets loose on the pad."

However, first SpaceX needs to successfully launch the rocket.

The Independent reported that weather was the most common problem when it comes to rocket launches, however weather conditions are currently looking good, with forecasts giving an 80 percent chance that all will go well.

Musk further noted on Monday that the weather was playing along for the launch.

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A Tesla is flying to Mars, complete with a David Bowie dummy named “Starman” strapped into one of Elon Musk’s shiny red Roadsters mounted atop the Falcon Heavy Rocket set to launch on Tuesday afternoon.
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