If humans can travel to the moon, why can't a Tesla?
The auto, manned by its Starman mannequin blasting David Bowie, entered an elliptic heliocentric orbit around the sun.
So, based on the corrected numbers, the vehicle actually won't make it as far as the asteroid belt, as Musk claimed in his tweet.
While Tesla's true believers love these stunts, some analysts are questioning whether Musk should be spending more time fixing Tesla's woes.
SpaceX - and the space community in general - is notoriously loose with deadlines.
Despite this, SpaceX's mission was an overall success and will surely reinvigorate the entire space exploration industry. "It gives us a basis for exploring the mysteries of the universe while developing new ideas to benefit our fellow humans", he said.
Two of the side boosters used to power the Heavy on Tuesday returned to Earth and landed vertically, in unison, back at Cape Canaveral, minutes after powering the spacecraft into orbit.
Falcon Heavy's successor - and the SpaceX rocket that could make an unmanned mission to Mars - would be the irreverently-named rocket now known as BFR, or "Big Fucking Rocket".
Mars is driving all of Musk's space efforts.
A public company is one that has shares that trade on the open markets.
The company partnered with Nasa in 2016 to attach a demo pod on to the ISS, and last year it announced that a bigger pod called the B330 could be orbiting the moon in five years, functioning autonomously as a commercial space station. They like Tesla because the company cares about more than cars. He's in charge of the carmaker as well as the private space company. Starman's first ride into space has given us hopes of its progenies that would make travelling to Mars a possibility.
Elon Musk teased his followers with pictures of the fully assembled boosters in December, and after a few delays, the rocket successfully completed a static fire of all 27 of its engines at the end of January.
The department says this is an exciting moment for South Africa. So in order to convert young Tesla evangelists into Tesla customers, the company had to make a vehicle that was affordable to those whose salaries and savings accounts didn't justify the steep price tag of a Model S or X.
Tesla's Autopilot program has been going through a period of upheaval, with three division leaders in roughly a year.
Musk has an estimated net worth of about $21 billion, and is regularly on lists of the world's richest people.
Jeremy Quittner is the financial writer for Stash.
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