Tesla vehicle sent to Mars takes wrong turn into deep space

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Musk said he made a decision to put his own auto into space because he wanted something more interesting as the Falcon Heavy's test payload than the concrete blocks typically used as mass simulators, which he called "extremely boring", USA Today reported.

The Falcon Heavy has many functions, including its ability to bring cargo to the global space station.

Shortly after the launch occurred and the Heavy and its boosters had safely and loudly touched back down to Earth, Musk posted a live feed from the Tesla, now floating out in space with an awesome view of the Earth. That's because of progress made on the earlier, smaller Falcon 9 rockets.

Professor Olguin says, "The payload that we're looking at for the Falcon Heavy is something not only technologically advanced, but now you can actually develop more robust satellites". SpaceX's webcast showed Musk's Tesla roadster soaring into space, as David Bowie's "Space Oddity" played in the background - with the words "DON'T PANIC" visible on the dashboard, in an apparent nod to the sci-fi series the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".

A dummy astronaut was placed inside the driver's seat of the Tesla. However, delays in its development and the failure of several other of SpaceX's rockets meant the Falcon Heavy did not come to fruition until seven years after it was first proposed.

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Where is the Falcon Heavy heading?

As part of its payload the Falcon Heavy is carrying Musk's cherry red Roadster from Tesla, his electric vehicle company. Launched this week, Musk's rocket is created to deliver a payload of 64 tons to a low-Earth orbit, similar to that of the Russian N-1. It is neither the first vehicle nor even the first electric model ever launched into space (the Apollo-era lunar rovers take both of those prizes). Delta 4 Heavy has only flown 9 times since 2004.

Images of the vehicle blasting through space with Earth in the background have been met with wonder.

It is estimated the auto "will be in that orbit for several million years, maybe in excess of a billion years, and at times it will come extremely close to Mars and there is a tiny, tiny chance it will hit Mars".

According to enthusiasts at space.stackexchange forum, the sports auto would have reached Mars in October this year.