Elon Musk's 'Starman' Tesla Roadster isn't your typical piece of area junk

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While Tesla's true believers love these stunts, some analysts are questioning whether Musk should be spending more time fixing Tesla's woes. And Musk's Roadster became the fastest vehicle ever, hurtling off the planet and zooming away on a route that will now take it all the way to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. As it cruises the void, it will play David Bowie's "Life on Mars" and "Space Oddity" on continuous repeat.

As Falcon Heavy's tanks filled with their volatile combination of rocket-grade kerosene fuel and liquid oxygen, the enthusiastic cheering intensified - almost drowning out the countdown. It remains to be seen if Branson will be following in the footsteps of SpaceX by launching rockets into space.

As reported by The Verge, "the live stream of the (Falcon Heavy launch) was the second biggest in YouTube's history".

Like so many others, NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold was awe-struck by the livestreaming of "Starman" and his ride. With it's massive 64 ton payload capacity for low earth orbit flights, and the ability to allocate some of that storage to fuel for deep space flights the human race hasn't been doing since the end of NASA's Apollo missions, the successful test of the Falcon Heavy has been optimistically predicted to be the "turning point" in human space flight for the common man.

There's no official word on what will happen to the Tesla now, although it is currently on a massive elliptical heliocentric orbit, where it will orbit the Sun for millions or billions of years until it hits something else-or until it gains sentience, becomes V'ger, and returns to Earth seeking its creator.

SpaceX launched a test of its Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, and Justin Browning's high school computer science class watched a livestream of the event in the Trojan Academy. Nonetheless, Falcon Heavy's coming-out-party can only be hailed as a major success, and it could herald a new era of space exploration. Two of the three boosters made it back to Earth and landed simultaneously, in a technological ballet so attractive that many conspiracy theorists said it could not be real. And if the launch of the BFR will be anything like the spectacle we saw this week with the Falcon Heavy, the delays will probably be worth it.

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Tesla's Model 3, the first attempt at a mass-market electric auto by the other company Musk runs, is also a vehicle ahead of its time. When Falcon Heavy was first announced back in 2011, Musk said it could fly within the next couple of years.

Whatever about the merits of the payload, the synchronised theatre of the twin boosters successfully landing was a moment of scientific wonder requiring no adornment.

They didn't stop there.

Figure 2. Falcon Heavy at liftoff.

Figure 3. The Falcon Heavy's two outer cores landing.

Falcon Heavy's successor - and the SpaceX rocket that could make an unmanned mission to Mars - would be the irreverently-named rocket now known as BFR, or "Big Fucking Rocket".

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