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SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX chief Elon Musk has put his Tesla Roadster sports auto on board - a cherry-red convertible that has a space-suited dummy at the wheel and David Bowie's Space Oddity on its stereo. And we can't stop watching it!

In a letter issued to investors, Tesla suggested that even these projections may not be achieved.

The new observation of the Roadster, obtained by a robotically controlled telescope at the Tenagra Observatory in Arizona (a participating observatory in the Virtual Telescope Porject), shows the vehicle moving across the night sky. The companys reusable boosters, lower prices and ambitions for deep space have helped stoke new interest in human flight far beyond low-Earth orbit, and reawakened the global spirit for interplanetary travel.

The company says demonstration missions typically carry steel or concrete blocks as mass simulators, but Musk decided it would be more worthwhile to launch something fun and without irreplaceable sentimental value: a red Roadster for the red planet with a fake astronaut in the driver's seat. The GIF strings together 54 images captured by Tenagra. In fact, the electric auto is so far gone into space that NASA has officially declared it a celestial object.


"Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt", he wrote on Instagram.

Falcon Heavy, billed as the most powerful rocket in the world, lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida February 6. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who owned the auto, had said previously that he felt there was a high likelihood of the rocket malfunctioning or exploding.

The planned trajectory would have put the Tesla out to the distance of Mars' orbit.

Regardless of intention, the Roadster has inspired millions of people to look up.

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