The auto SpaceX sent towards Mars takes a wrong turn

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More significantly, the test payload got a greater boost than expected, causing it to overshoot its target: an orbit around Mars.

The cherry red vehicle was driven by a dummy in a spacesuit named Starman, after the David Bowie song. Usually test flights carry nothing of value, like concrete blocks. The company's market cap is now $56.1 billion, up 35 percent from a year ago. The payload of a Tesla Roadster with a space-suited mannequin at the wheel was certainly indulgent; a clever and opportunistic marketing ploy with little scientific goal. "It's still tripping me out". These engines are said to be more powerful, reliable, and efficient than their predecessors, but even with these advancements, Musk's new platform will require 31 of them to get the behemoth into the sky. The original plan had the auto traveling only as far as Mars, coming close to the red planet but hopefully not nicking it.

Like so many others, NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold was awe-struck by the livestreaming of "Starman" and his ride.

The rocket, the Falcon Heavy, built by the private company SpaceX, lifted off on a glorious Tuesday afternoon, arcing perfectly over the waters of Cocoa Beach in a resplendent symbol of American technology and power.

One Space can squeeze the cost of launching micro-satellites to about US$10,000, Shu added.

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He may have conquered space, but time is one commodity that even Musk can not control. He said that at some point - perhaps 50 to 100 years from now - it will be "a juicy target for salvage", and someone will mount a new space mission to recapture the Roadster and bring it back to Earth. It's the landing part that's especially hard, he noted, especially at the speed the craft will be traveling when it comes in for a touchdown on another planet.

Musk tweeted out a picture of the booster floating in the ocean.

Silence returned across the area as onlookers strained to follow the rocket's next stage: the ambitious return of the two side boosters that SpaceX hoped to land a few miles south at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Efforts will now be focused on developing the SpaceX BFR (Big Falcon Rocket), which will be used to transport people to the Moon and to Mars.

The market, however, has changed significantly since Musk announced the Falcon Heavy project in 2011. "This is a revolution, " Robert Zubrin said in a statement. But if we are counting elephants - the planned Block II version of SLS could launch 30 elephants, while SpaceX's BFR could launch 34.

The launch vehicle's liftoff occurred on February 6, at 3.45 p.m., without hitch, and here's the approximate sequence of the events, as they happened after the launch. For example, One Space has received about 500 million yuan (US$79.02 million) in financing. "But in Q4, we think most of the news was positive", Piper Jaffray analyst Alexander Potter wrote in a report.