Elon Musk is putting his personal Tesla into Mars' orbit

Elon Musk is putting his personal Tesla into Mars' orbit

Elon Musk is putting his personal Tesla into Mars' orbit

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk seems quite excited about the upcoming launch of the company's first Falcon Heavy rocket-the big follow-up to the company's Falcon 9 rocket that basically ties three of them together in a horizontal configuration to create more than 5.1 million pounds of thrust at full power. This was announced by the head of SpaceX Elon Musk in his Twitter. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Musk has promised that this event "was going to be spectacular".

Musk revealed that the payload inside the rocket will be his own Tesla Roadster (in midnight cherry color, no less) which launch while playing Space Oddity by David Bowie.

But Musk has also said the rocket has a good chance of blowing up before it reaches earth orbit.

The Falcon Heavy features a trio of Falcon 9 stage boosters that have been modified for the rocket and arranged side by side. The names of the tourists were not disclosed.

Musk's tweets appear to contradict reports from earlier this week that the Falcon Heavy launch wouldn't take place until early 2018.

When Falcon Heavy lifts off in 2017, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Not that the first humans on Mars will be able to drive it. Overall, the aforementioned Merlin engines will provide in excess of 5 million pounds of thrust, trumping all other rockets now in existence and putting it close to the power level the Space Shuttle produced at takeoff.

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