You've probably already heard how Elon Musk’s had planned to send a Tesla Roadster to space. Musk shared a bunch of photos on Instagram showing the car being picked up, and how it was carried in the Falcon Heavy rocket.
The flight was the maiden trip for SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy rocket, which had been talked about earlier. The Falcon Heavy succeeded the Falcon 9, and is a more powerful version of that rocket.
The flight was the maiden trip for SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy rocket.
“Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel,” Musk wrote on his posts.
Musk had announced the Roadster’s departure to space on December 1 earlier, after saying (in April) that he was going to use the “silliest thing” people could imagine for the payload on the Falcon Heavy. The car headed to Mars orbit on the Falcon Heavy on Friday. Many originally thought that Musk was joking, but these recent photos perhaps put all the speculations to rest.
Meanwhile according to Associated Press (AP), SpaceX's reused rocket carrying 10 satellites into orbit from California on Friday, left behind a trail of mystery and wonder as it soared into space. The LA Fire Department was inundated with calls compelling it to issue an advisory that the "mysterious light in the sky" was from SpaceX's rocket launch.
Billionaire SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's added to the suspence when he tweeted, "Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea."
Despite all the confusion and suspense, AP's report indicated that the weekend Falcon Heavy was not a novelty and was perhaps dramatic since it occurred during sunset, helping illuminate the contrail.