Oh the joys of owning a space technology company! One could do whatever they wanted, without having to explain much or even seek permissions. We mean for the legit stuff, of course!
Now that we know SpaceX is working on some serious Mars-colonization projects, Elon Musk, the owner is on a little funny mission of his own for the same project.
In a tweet, Musk announced that the reusable, super heavy-lift launch craft ‘Falcon Heavy’ will set off from the Cape Canaveral. Falcon has double the thrust than of any close contender space rockets, according to Musk. Impressive, we say!
However, the inaugural launch has a bit of a surprise. And, amusing at that.
In another tweet, Musk announced that he would put a ‘midnight cherry’ to this cake of a launch. He plans to put Tesla Roadster into space which will play David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ at a deafening volume!
Falcon Heavy to launch next month from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape. Will have double thrust of next largest rocket. Guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2017
Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2017
Yes, you read it just like we put it. People went berserk after reading the Musk’s tweet. Here are some samples-
THIS IS AWESOME !— Evelyn Janeidy (@JaneidyEve) December 2, 2017
Are you joking? Or you are totally doing it?!
Captains Log, Stardate 2375.5: We've found an ancient vehicle feom when earth first began to dream. It's being put in the Musk Museum of Science That Changed Mankind where it belongs.— Sean Stepro (@SeanStepro) December 2, 2017
Customer: What's the mileage of #Tesla roadster?— Ricky Goswami (@shivam_sb) December 2, 2017
Salesman: We just sent one to mars on a single charge. Waiting for it to come back.
All in all, I guess it is going be amazing to watch a Tesla blast off to Bowie’s hit number into space.
Well, this is not the first time Musk has shown his streak of being crazy. Sometime back, he sent a wheel of cheese along with the first Dragon spacecraft flight. As reported by the LA Times, the idea behind doing so was to send out a little tribute to Monty Python’s famous cheese shop sketch. Musk hadn’t revealed to anyone what the little ‘secret payload’ was. Soon after the rocket set off from planet earth, he told about what it is. Reason? He did not want the good work done by SpaceX to be overshadowed by this little secret. Responsibly crazy, should we say?
It was the first time a private company had launched its spaceship into the orbit and have it survive and even re-enter! Before SpaceX, the US, China, Japan, India, European Space Agency and Russia were the only countries to achieve this feat.
Musk’s love affair with the cosmos seems to be getting deeper with time.
He was heard announcing the idea of having an ‘Interplanetary Transport System’, at last year’s International Astronautical Congress and named it the BFR or Big Fucking Rocket. He even hopes that a spacecraft shall be used to travel back and forth from Mars to Earth. Wow!
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