Rocket ready to orbit Mars
– 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