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Elon Musk's Roadster Is All Prepped-Up for Its Mars Voyage

23 Декабря 2017

Musk toyed with the popular press, first by confirming his plans with The Verge, then backpedaling the claim, then re-confirming it with Ars Technica and several other media outlets.

The Falcon Heavy combines three SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets, such that it rides atop 27 Merlin engines firing in unison.

Earlier this week, Musk revealed photos of the first Falcon Heavy ever built inside a Cape Canaveral hangar. The rocket is expected to become the most powerful in the world when it debuts next month. All that is soon going to change, according to CEO Elon Musk.

The images show the red convertible atop a payload adapter, positioned between the two towering halves of the fairing that will be mounted atop the Falcon Heavy rocket, shielding the Roadster during its ascent into Earth orbit.

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Interested in solar? Get a solar cost estimate and find out how much a solar system would cost for your home or business. -, Elon Musk replied with the only sane answer apart from the one we've already touched (media publicity): "I love the thought of a vehicle drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future".

"Just bear in mind that there is a good chance this monster rocket blows up", Musk reportedly told Plait in an email, "so I wouldn't put anything of irreplaceable sentimental value on it".

And it has some symbolism since the Roadster is considered by many EV enthusiasts as the vehicle that launched the EV revolution. It's why they are keeping it safe by not launching a very valuable payload, like a satellite.

Now one could exist nearly forever in the vacuum of space while those on earth are lost one by one over time.

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Elon Musk's Roadster Is All Prepped-Up for Its Mars Voyage