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SpaceX yesterday launched the world’s largest rocket in what has since then been regarded as the greatest road trip of all time. The SpaceX belonging to Elon Musk was blasted into space on a journey to Mars and beyond, carrying the billionaire’s Red Tesla Roadster as payload for the unmanned Heavy Falcon.
Leaving with a theatrical feel, the rocket took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida while the car’s stereo system blasted the David Bowie song “Life on Mars?” and a webcam on the vehicle captured the historic journey. The vehicle is helmed by a dummy called “Starman”, the title of another Bowie song who is wearing a prototype of SpaceX’s own sleek spacesuit.
The private spaceflight company is aiming to shoot the Roadster into solar orbit — which should take around six months — and the car will then hopefully float around for another billion years or so. The car could come “quite close” to Mars, Musk said ahead of the launch, but it is unlikely to crash into the Red Planet.
The high-stakes spectacle attracted huge crowds to Cape Canaveral — and they weren’t disappointed.
“This is America, this is who we are. It just made history” Aida Hart told the Orlando Sentinel after watching the takeoff from her sister-in-law’s lawn. Onlookers whooped and cheered as the rocket launched into the heavens, the paper reported. The Heavy is ultimately intended to haul massive satellites into space.
Musk last year announced that it would take humans into space, but later ditched that idea in favor of creating an even bigger rocket for crews.
He ultimately hopes to colonize Mars.