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Reality check on Tesla Roadster on Mars: Elon Musk ‘totally made it up’

Elon Musk and Mars

The puzzle left with Musk’s tweet has now been cleared. Reports started coming out raising questions that whether the Roadster would enter orbit around the Mars, or fly to the distance of the red planet’ orbit, possibly for a flyby. To embed itself into orbit around the red planet, the car would need a rocket pack to slow down for acquisition by Martian gravity.

However, The Verge has unravelled the mystery and that that Musk was totally trolling with people. The SpaceX CEO has also mentioned in his mail to the news reporter that he ‘totally made it up’. However, he also confirmed that the information for Falcon Heavy si real.

The website mentioned in their post, “Always willing to up the stakes of an already difficult situation, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said the first flight of his company’s Falcon Heavy rocket will be used to send a Tesla Roadster into space. Musk first tweeted out the idea on Friday evening, and the payload was confirmed on Saturday.”

“But confirmation followed a bizarre exchange between The Verge and Musk. After Musk tweeted the plan, we asked him to confirm that it was real. Musk replied to us first by email, confirming that it was real. Then, after The Verge published a story about the plan, Musk sent us a response to a direct message on Twitter saying he “totally made it up.” We now know that response was false; a person familiar with the matter told The Verge Saturday evening that the payload is, in fact, real,” the write-up further added.

The Falcon Heavy is a more robust follow-up to the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, which was first experimented in 2010 and has since been launched more than 40 times. The Tesla Roadster weighs about 1,250 kilograms, measures nearly 3.9 meters long and spans nearly 1.7 meters wide, according to Car and Driver magazine. That’s well within the Falcon Heavy’s lift ability to go to Mars.

SpaceX previously planned to dispatch a “Red Dragon” capsule to land toward Mars in 2020, but that project was cancelled in favour of the larger BFR initiative, which Musk claimed could be ready as soon as 2024, a goal he admitted was “aspirational.”

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Rishabh Rajvanshi

Rishabh, with six years of experience in the newspaper industry, has co-founded The TeCake in 2013. Apart from writing and editing articles on Technology at The TeCake, he also contributes to other esteemed newspapers.

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