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Elon Musk will fire most powerful rocket into space with a red Tesla car playing David Bowie on it



The life of the rich and famous is not boring

Anna Freeman

06 Febrero 2018 16:06

Elon Musk will attempt to fly the world's most powerful rocket later with his sports car on the top playing David Bowie tunes.

The entrepreneur's Falcon Heavy will transport his old red Tesla roadster with a space-suited mannequin strapped in the driver's seat.

David Bowie's classic hit Space Oddity will be looping on the radio as the car is thrown into an elliptical orbit that hopefully stretches out to Mars's orbit around the Sun.

‘[The roadster will] get about 400 million km away from Earth, and it'll be doing 11km/s,’ he told reporters. ‘We estimate it will be in that orbit for several hundred million years, maybe in excess of a billion years.’

Three cameras attached to the car will provide ‘epic views’, Musk added. He explained that the Roadster ‘will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent’.

But this is a fear he addressed. ‘It’ll be a really huge downer if it blows up. If something goes wrong, hopefully it goes wrong far into the mission so we at least learn as much as possible along the way.

‘I would consider it a win if it just clears the pad and doesn’t blow the pad to smithereens. That’s four million pounds of TNT equivalent so there’s probably not going to be much left if that thing lets loose on the pad.’

The launch is scheduled for later this evening at Kennedy Space Center.