Elon Musk, the billionaire co-founder of Tesla is sending cherry red Tesla Roadster Mars on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.
Earlier this month, Musk made a tweet saying: “Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.”
If you thought the billionaire was kidding when he made the tweet then you are wrong! First, Musk confirmed his plans with the Verge, then again confirmed it with Ars Technica and several other media. On Friday, Musk shared a stunning picture of a cherry red Tesla Roadster being loaded onto a Falcon Heavy rocket on his Instagram account. If you have any room for doubt left, then it should be gone now.
“Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks,” Musk wrote in his Instagram post. “That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel. The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion-year elliptic Mars orbit.”
However, the red EV won’t roll its wheels on the red planet Mars, instead, it’s going to remain in the orbit of Mars for billions of years, playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on a loop.
Falcon Heavy, a rocket that SpaceX has been planning for years is fitted with three boosters which will add thrust to carry bigger payloads into space. The successor to the Falcon 9’s inaugural flight will be in January along with Musk’s Roadster.