In what can only be described as "the weird news of the day", Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla has announced that the next SpaceX mission rocket will carry a very unique payload - his own first generation Tesla Roadster.
This SpaceX launch slated for January will be noteworthy for reasons that go beyond the payload, a cherry-red Tesla Roadster owned by Musk.SAN FRANCISCO: Elon Musk fully intends to put a red sports vehicle made by a company that he runs into an enormous rocketship made by another company that he runs and then fire both into Mars orbit.
The launch date of SpaceX's latest "Falcon Heavy" rocket has been delayed.
In conversations with space journalists, and according to company sources, Musk says he is serious about the idea. Destination is Mars orbit. Musk said the Tesla Roadster will be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on repeat during its trip to Mars. Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft.
"Any time you have a new rocket launching, you're going to learn a lot", said Phil Larson, a former space policy adviser to President Barack Obama who worked for SpaceX and is now at the University of Colorado.
SpaceX was hoping to launch the heavy-lift rocket before the year was out until recently.
The curiously long interstellar visitor, the most elongated asteroid ever seen to the fascination of space scientists, is headed out of our solar system at 58,000 miles per hour and it would require that the probe would slingshot past Jupiter and dip close to the sun to pick up speed to catch up to Oumuamua. "But maybe one of the future launches could be used".