Musk has announced his plans through a series of tweets, not even the Space-X employees knew about it until Friday night. His plans ?. To send a Tesla Roadster in the first payload to the Red Planet. Sound Crazy? Well it’s not. That’s what he is actually doing.There are several reasons to believe Musk will follow through with his grand ambition. In 2010, the business mogul launched a wheel of cheese into orbit during the maiden voyage of Dragon. The spaceship was built by SpaceX, Musk’s aerospace company. And, earlier this March, Musk declared that he would launch the “[s]illiest thing we can imagine” during the first flight of Falcon Heavy. By sending a cherry red Roadster, he is keeping his promise. Without a doubt, the Falcon Heavy could carry a Tesla Roadster. In fact, it could carry nearly 14 of them, as it has a max payload of 37,000 pounds. Because of this, it will be carrying Musk’s beloved vehicle.
“Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars orbit,” Musk tweeted on Friday, referring to David Bowie’s song. “Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.”
Of course, there is a big detail that some have missed, and that is that the Tesla Roadster is going to Mars’ orbit not the planet itself. It is going near the Red Planet.