Elon Musk launching Tesla Roadster in giant SpaceX rocket's first test

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Musk shared the photos on his Instagram account providing proof that the "midnight cherry" electric sports vehicle is indeed heading to the final frontier.

While Musk confirmed that he was serious, doubts have lingered ever since.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has been successfully launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Los Angeles last week on Friday, Dec. 22.

In a series of tweets on December 1, SpaceX founder and tech billionaire Elon Musk said he planned to launch a Tesla electric auto to Mars orbit in 2018. The images show the bright red roadster atop a payload adapter, positioned between the two towering halves of the fairing which will be mounted on the Falcon Heavy rocket.

SpaceX has unveiled its new Falcon Heavy rocket a month before its first launch.

With enough fuel and the right trajectory, it's got enough thrust to launch a payload heavier than a auto to Pluto, let alone Mars. "That seemed extremely boring", Musk wrote in his Instagram post. He said, "Of course, anything boring is awful, especially companies, so we chose to send something unusual, something that made us feel".

Tesla shocked the collective automotive community when it debuted its new Roadster supercar just a few weeks ago.

The Falcon Heavy built in Hawthorne is essentially three Falcon 9 boosters strapped together.

Currently, SpaceX is flying numerous cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station, for a total of at least 20 flights under the Commercial Resupply Services contract.

"SpaceX is now dominant in terms of launch volume", said Marco Caceres, a senior space analyst with Teal Group Corp., an aerospace and defense market researcher.

The Tesla won't be going to the planet Mars itself, as Musk told Phil Plait, an astronomer and writer. This will shield the vehicle during ascent which, hopefully, would put the auto on a path to intercept the orbit of Mars. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent". "Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity", Musk wrote on Twitter. Musk also told Plait that he's willing to consider launching other objects inside the Tesla suggested by the public.

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