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Tesla’s Roadster is a Rocket — Or At Least Attached to One

SpaceX uses first-gen Roadster as ballast for test flight.

by on Feb.07, 2018

It wasn't enough to put cement in the capsule on the Falcon Heavy rocket from SpaceX. Elon Musk stuffed a first-gen Tesla Roadster i

It will be a few years before anyone gets to buy the new Tesla Roadster, but you might say it got off the ground in a big way this week.

In a move combining elements of P.T. Barnum and Werner von Braun, SpaceX staged the first flight test of its new Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday. The world’s most powerful rocket may soon be used to ferry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and, if SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has his way, eventually to Mars.

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Never shy about putting on a show, Musk wound up turning an otherwise routine test flight into an event creating an image touching on two iconic pictures from the Apollo era: Earth rise from lunar orbit and Neil Armstrong making the first walk on the moon. (more…)