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Elon Musk really is sending a Tesla to Mars in SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy rocket

Elon Musk really is sending a Tesla to Mars in SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy rocket
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Over the weekend Musk took to Twitter to say that the payload of the first Falcon Heavy rocket scheduled to launch in 2018 will be his midnight cherry Tesla Roadster. Musk said he wants the car’s radio to be playing the David Bowie song “Space Oddity” on repeat as it orbits around Mars.

That’s a pretty funny image and also has to be a joke, right? Not according to Bloomberg, who says that “a person familiar with the launch plan at SpaceX Inc. confirmed that it is real.” I guess life is just no fun if you’re a billionaire rocket ship owner pioneering Mars travel if you can’t also send up anything you want into space.

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