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Tesla's Elon Musk Wants to Send One of His Sportsters to Mars – Next Month

Tesla and SpaceX CEO and modern-age Steve Jobs, Elon Musk has announced what he's going to be sending into space next month as part of the launch of the Falcon Heavy from Cape Canaveral's legendary Apollo 11 launch pad – 39A.

Elon Musk
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Tonight he first teased that the launch would be exciting, "one way or another."

Only an hour later he elaborated on what might make the launch extra special – the heavy's payload would include his very own midnight cherry-colored Tesla Sportster being sent on a one way trip into Mars orbit.

So that's wildly cool on a few fronts, notably that first of all it's a sportster being sent off on an interplanetary run to Mars and beyond. Any fans of The Martian imagining Mark Watney coming across a soft-landed Tesla on Mars? Plus if we think about Soft Landings to begin with, we'd have to start off with the sequence from Heavy Metal that includes an astronaut landing while riding in a classic corvette.

Then secondly because he's talking about it playing Space Oddity (which some folks may recognize it more as Major Tom) by the late David Bowie.

Granted beyond it being a cool item to send into space, it does give a nearly flight test of an object weighing nearly 3,000 pounds and delivering it into a earth-departure trajectory. So mixing cool with scientific learnings, it's the reason that kind of no matter where his projects wind up, he makes waves and does it with a style and flare that hasn't been matched since the last time Steve Jobs said, "oh, and one more thing…"

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Bill WattersAbout Bill Watters

Games programmer by day, geek culture and fandom writer by night. You'll find me writing most often about tv and movies with a healthy side dose of the goings-on around the convention and fandom scene.
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