Rocket ready to or­bit Mars

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD - Mi­ami

– SpaceX has con­firmed that its CEO Elon Musk plans to blast his cherry red elec­tric car off to­ward the Red Planet when the com­pany’s Fal­con Heavy rocket launches for the first time next month.

Many won­dered if Musk was jok­ing last week when he tweeted his plans for the Fal­con Heavy’s in­au­gu­ral pay­load to be his “midnight cherry Tesla Road­ster play­ing Space Odd­ity”, the clas­sic song by the late David Bowie.

“Des­ti­na­tion is Mars or­bit. Will be in deep space for a bil­lion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on as­cent,” the famed space en­thu­si­ast and in­ter­net ty­coon said on Twit­ter yes­ter­day.

But SpaceX con­firmed to AFP on Wed­nes­day that the plan is for real. Touted as the “world’s most pow­er­ful rocket”, the Fal­con Heavy is de­signed to one day carry crew and supplies to deep space des­ti­na­tions such as the Moon and Mars.

The launch should hap­pen in Jan­uary 2018. – AFP

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