SpaceX Falcon Heavy blasts off, sending Tesla roadster to Mars

Ceres the largest object in the solar system

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The Heavy lifted off from the same spot as NASA's now-retired but more powerful Saturn V moon rockets and space shuttles. The trailblazing deep space mission that sent back two boosters to Earth for reuse raises vast possibilities once envisaged only in the Isaac Asimov's imaginative sci-fi works.

Now, a couple days later, astronomers at an observatory on the ground have given us a different view of Starman and his Tesla Roadster - a tiny dot speeding along amongst the stars on its journey towards the asteroid belt.

On Tuesday, his company blasted a 230-foot rocket into orbit, returned its two side boosters to Earth for a flawlessly synchronized landing, and - with exquisite nerd flair - propelled Musk's own Tesla Roadster toward deep space, where it's expected to orbit the sun for hundreds of millions of years.

The next problem for Tesla is to start making some money. But he estimated that the spacefaring Roadster "has less chance of a collision each year than all the Roadsters plying the highways of Earth put together". Also yesterday the Ukrainians got proud when the Embassy of Ukraine in the US informed that the Antonov Airlines played an important role in preparing the launch. Its an interplanetary rocket system created to take payloads to the moon or Mars and could be ready for test flights in the next three or four years.

Browning said his middle school computer science class watched a recording of the SpaceX launch on Wednesday since the launch was delayed and occurred after their class had dismissed on Tuesday. For now, we can only thank Elon Mask and the Falcon Heavy for ferrying our dreams into the depths of space.

Musk explained that the rocket took a wrong turn due to a powerful thrust of the engine. Clement Thibault, a senior analyst with the web site, grumbled about Musk's recent fundraising efforts for The Boring Co., his new tunnel-drilling company.

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BFR would eventually replace SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets and the Dragon capsule.

Each of the thrusters has nine engines of 470 kilos.

The Falcon Heavy hasn't been approved by the US government to carry people, though it was expected to take up two private citizens who paid for a trip around the moon. Still, for a first launch of an incredibly complicated system, this is a massive success. The Tesla auto, expected to head into orbit around Mars, appears to have taken a wrong turn further into deep space overnight, reports said on Friday.

As Musk said in the tweet above, the burn did indeed push the auto and its passenger farther than expected. "Many people did not understand it".

So ... was the vehicle bound for Mars? "The imagery of it is something that's going to get people excited around the world".

Around 350 feet (103 meters) tall, BFR would be almost as big and even more powerful than NASA's Saturn V which sent astronauts to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s.

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