ust few days ago, there was a series of tweets where Elon Musk said that he is planning to launch his red Tesla Roadster to Mars next year.
Some sources say that Elon is more serious than ever about this and you can’t blame them – having in mind this man’s history and the capabilities of the new rocket he has made.
7 years ago, Elon has launched a wheel of cheese into the orbit and in january, next year he is planning something much bigger during the first flight of Falcon Heavy.
“Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars orbit,” Musk tweeted on Friday, referencing the song by David Bowie. “Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.”
Elon seemed to confirm all of his future plans in this dialogue:
“Just to reiterate, the payload for the first Falcon Heavy rocket will be a Tesla electric car, playing Space Oddity, heading for Mars,” wrote a user named J.C.
“Yes,” Musk answered.
Will it be a first-generation 2008 Roadster?
“Yeah,” Musk replied to another user.
Another person asked about the red paint on Musk’s roadster.
“Red car for a red planet,” Musk replied.
SpaceX employees also appeared to confirm the claim. Joy Dunn, an engineer at the company, tweeted on Friday that the first Falcon Heavy payload had been announced.
She said “this is going to be so awesome” and then added, “oh this is legit and of course there will be cameras!”
Business Insider has managed to reach the SpaceX company, but they refused to comment on this topic.
The Elon Musk himself was also contacted, but he didn’t gave a reply right away and NASA also didn’t wanted to comment on the Elon’s plan for launching in the orbit.
Despite all these things, this claim seems to be completely legitimate because Elon told Eric Berger (who is the senior space editor of Ars Technica) that his mission was 100% real. Berger also tweeted that two officials from the SpaceX company has confirmed Musks claim.