More recently, Musk tweeted that the payload for the first flight would be his midnight cherry Tesla Roadster.

With enough fuel and the right trajectory, it's got enough thrust to launch a payload heavier than a vehicle to Pluto, let alone Mars. The Falcon Heavy is a reusable heavy-lift rocket created to get large payloads into space.


But the SpaceX CEO isn't getting carried away with all the excitement surrounding the imminent Falcon Heavy launch, pointing out earlier this year that a lot "can go wrong" with the enormous rocket during its initial, highly complicated missions.

The 229.6-foot-tall Falcon Heavy will be able to lift 140,660 pounds to low-Earth orbit.

The Tesla won't be going to the planet Mars itself, as Musk told Phil Plait, an astronomer and writer. "Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn't blow up on ascent". Joy Dunn, an engineer at the company, tweeted on December 1 that "this is legit and of course there will be cameras!"


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