Saturday, December 23, 2017

Photos of the Day #2: The Falcon Heavy's First Payload Is Revealed!

The Tesla Roadster that the Falcon Heavy will send towards Mars on its maiden flight is about to be enshrouded by the rocket's two huge payload fairings.
Elon Musk / SpaceX

Yesterday, SpaceX revealed on social media that it is indeed launching a Tesla Roadster towards Mars via a Falcon Heavy rocket next month. The sleek, electric-powered sports coupe can be seen in these photos mounted to its second stage adapter...with the Falcon Heavy's two huge payload fairings ready to enshroud it. The rocket should undergo a static-fire test at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in Florida before the end of this week. And sometime in January, Elon Musk's newest rocket will hopefully become the world's most powerful launch vehicle (before NASA's Space Launch System comes online in late 2019 or early 2020, that is) to take flight since a Saturn V sent Skylab to low-Earth orbit in 1973. Carry on.

The Tesla Roadster that the Falcon Heavy will send towards Mars on its maiden flight is about to be enshrouded by the rocket's two huge payload fairings.
Elon Musk / SpaceX

The Tesla Roadster that the Falcon Heavy will send towards Mars on its maiden flight is about to be enshrouded by the rocket's two huge payload fairings.
Elon Musk / SpaceX

The Tesla Roadster that the Falcon Heavy will send towards Mars on its maiden flight is about to be enshrouded by the rocket's two huge payload fairings.
Elon Musk / SpaceX

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