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SpaceX Launches Tesla Roadster into Mars Orbit via Its Falcon Heavy Rocket

Published: February 23, 2018

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The launch of the car into space by Elon Musk's SpaceX cost $90 million and served as both a test heavy-lift trial for the aerospace company's technology and a promotion of the Tesla brand.

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The launch of the car into space by Elon Musk's SpaceX cost $90 million and served as both a test heavy-lift trial for the aerospace company's technology and a promotion of the Tesla brand. Mr. Musk chose his own cherry red Tesla Roadster to be the rocket's payload, with the driver's seat containing a mannequin named Starman wearing a spacesuit and accompanied by a looped version of David Bowie's “Life on Mars.”

 

The rocket will orbit Earth, then will fire its engines one final time, pushing the Tesla onto a course for Mars. It will ultimately either crash into the red planet or continue an eternal course into the cosmos. The dummy bears a note intended for any alien beings who happen to intercept the vehicle during its odyssey. "Made on Earth by humans."

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