Elon Musk Really is Sending a Roadster to the Red Planet

SpaceX will be sending a Falcon Heavy rocket to orbit Mars; inside will be a midnight cherry red Roadster playing David Bowie's Space Oddity.
Jordan MacAvoy
The photo credit line may appear like thisElon Musk/Instagram

Early December, Elon Musk announced that SpaceX was going to launch a Falcon Heavy rocket to orbit around Mars. This rocket has twice the thrust of its closest competitor. Never one to leave well enough alone, though, he also declared that he was going to load his Tesla Roadster into the rocket as a payload.

Today, he confirmed via Instagram that in place of the rocket's usual simulated weight, the Roadster was indeed going to go into space.

Musk has always had a reputation for being a bit of an eccentric, and his penchant for flash is on full display here. He claims that the rocket will be in deep space for a billion years if it doesn't blow up on ascent -- and given the success that SpaceX had lately, a successful launch seems likely.

Doubling down on his mission to never be boring, he also said that the car would be blasting the famous 1972 song Space Oddity by David Bowie. 

Beyond being a great rock song, the lyrics also share the disquieting feeling the first Mars-bound astronauts will feel as the hurtle away from the Earth towards a new planet: once you're on that ride, there is no turning back.

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