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Falcon Heavy: Starman Successfully Heads Beyond Mars in Tesla Roadster

7 Feb 2018, 13:56 UTC
Falcon Heavy: Starman Successfully Heads Beyond Mars in Tesla Roadster
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: Wearing an authentic SpaceX space suit, strapped in to a midnight cherry red Tesla roadster, Star Man is on his way to the asteroid belt beyond Mars. Glued to his dashboard is a tiny replica of himself – a Hot Wheels roadster, with another tiny astronaut figure inside the car. The car’s battery would last for twelve hours after launch and beamed back images of Star Man and the car with the blue marble of Earth floating in the background. It was all part of the marketing genius of Elon Musk.
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy clears the launchpad at LC-39A. This pad had previously hosted launches of the first Saturn V, first and last Space Shuttle, and first human moon landing mission. Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space
Musk was debuting a new rocket called the Falcon Heavy. If you plan on selling launches to the US government, you have to prove the rocket works. Most people would send up concrete or other heavy material as the dummy payload. Instead, Musk sent an actual dummy – a mannequin. The space suit was real. It was the test article that SpaceX used in qualification testing for NASA’s ...

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