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Elon Musk Will Launch His Tesla Roadster to Mars on SpaceX's 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket

It really is Mars or bust for Elon Musk. The billionaire says he's going to launch his own Tesla Roadster on the first test flight of SpaceX's new giant rocket next month, and the car will play David Bowie's "Space Oddity" full blast on the way to Mars (if the rocket doesn't explode during liftoff). In a pair of Twitter posts Friday night (Dec. 1), Musk said SpaceX's huge new rocket — called the Falcon Heavy — will make its debut in January from the very same NASA launch pad that sent the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon: Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. "Falcon Heavy to launch next month from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape," Musk wrote. "Will have double thrust of next largest rocket. Guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another." A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is shown atop Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in this artist's concept. Elon Musk says the rocket will launch his own Tesla Roadster on its maiden flight in January 2018. A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is shown atop Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in this artist's concept. Elon Musk says the rocket will launch his own Tesla Roadster on its maiden flight in January 2018. "Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity," Musk added in a follow-up tweet. Okay, that's wild. But then there's this next thing. "Destination is Mars orbit," Musk wrote. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent." Whoa! That Roadster's going to rack up a lot of miles if it makes it to the Red Planet.

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