When Elon Musk isn’t busy Tweeting about the upcoming robot revolution, he is putting his enormous wealth toward helping to push space exploration to the planet Mars. Elon Musk is a billionaire tech giant who has been passionately focused on putting technology in Mars in order to hopefully, one day, lead to colonization of the red planet. Musk’s most recent revelation in this venture comes to us by way of his mission to send a Tesla Roadster on a rocket launch via SpaceX within the next month. This news is as incredible as it is bizarre and both of these descriptors are perfect when applied to Musk.
Elon Musk took to Twitter in order to make several key announcements regarding the next big step for SpaceX and Tesla. Musk took to Twitter to point out that SpaceX will be launching their Falcon Heavy rocket in January at the Apollo 11 Pad in Cape Canaveral, FL. The launch will be made more exciting due to the fact that Musk will be putting a Tesla Roadster on board the rocket. From a showmanship perspective, Musk knew that he had to step things up even more and that is why the car will be blasting ‘Space Oddity’ by David Bowie for the duration of the trip toward Mars — that is if the rocket doesn’t blow up on the launch pad. Musk said, “Will have double thrust of next largest rocket. Guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another.”
Musk has made it a habit to routinely push the envelope more and more with his pursuit of space exploration. WHen detailing the payload of Falcon Heavy, his Tesla Roadster, Musk revealed the greatest piece of information yet: “Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.” We are not ready to jump into the existential crisis that reflecting on ‘billions of years’ can create, so we’ll just nod our head and agree that this is an amazing mission for Musk and SpaceX.
Despite Musk’s optimism and enthusiasm for Mars exploration, he is realistic in what his company is attempting. Musk has admitted that there is a good chance that the Falcon Heavy rocket could end up a failure off of the launch pad. Musk said back in July, “I hope it makes it far enough away from the pad that it does not cause pad damage.”