Space oddity: Tesla auto heading for Mars onboard first Falcon Heavy Rocket

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiling the Roadster 2 during a presentation in Hawthorne California US

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiling the Roadster 2 during a presentation in Hawthorne California US

While it would be marvelous to see SpaceX's heavy-lift rocket carry a Tesla to Mars next month, it may be best to limit our expectations.

Perhaps Musk drunk tweeted the original story?

Musk say the rockets payload will include his personal Midnight Cherry Tesla Roadster, and while it is being blasted into space the car's stereo will be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity".

SpaceX also plans to be able to recover all three rocket cores that power the Falcon Heavy, just like it has done over the previous year with main rocket booster stage of its Falcon 9 rockets, according to The Verge. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent", Musk added. Not anymore, as he just revealed what might be Falcon Heavy's first payload. It's a more powerful rocket that the company hopes to use for missions to the Moon and Mars.

Company reps previously spoke of how hard it is to build such a large rocket powered by three Falcon 9 cores. The Falcon Heavy rocket features 27 Merlin engines and boasts at least double the thrust of any other rocket on the market. It's unclear if the company will attempt to recover the boosters of this maiden rocket.

SpaceX plans to start building the first of those by the middle of next year, Musk said in late September.

In the meantime, the Falcon Heavy is meant to boost the amount of cargo SpaceX can take into space for its customers. The rocket will be also capable of making 30-minute transcontinental travel possible on Earth.

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