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Elon is Sending His Tesla To Mars


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OrbitalResonance

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Apparently the touted 'silly' payload that SpaceX is going to launch on its Falcon Heavy Demo Flight will be Elon's personal Tesla. It isn't April 1 so I guess I have to take his word for it. I didn't believe it for a little bit. This is quite a PR stunt for both SpaceX and Tesla. Thoughts on the subject? Should he have sent something more useful? It will be an interesting artifact for future space archaeologists to find.

 

 

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"I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future" --Elon Musk. Looks like I have something else to add to my sig.


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I hear some people complaining that this is a waste of resources. These people are ill informed. Below I debunk this.

 

1. The FH needed a dummy payload for its first launch, so Musk's old Model S that likely just sits in his garage is serving a purpose. A dummy payload was going to happen, so might as well throw something interesting and useful, see point 3.
 
2. A test launch isn't a waste of resources if it demonstrates future capability, especially if that is capability is deep space or Mars.
 
3. Its a PR stunt for SpaceX and Tesla, it will get those companies alot of attention as the launch comes and goes and we follow the progress of the car. People tend to relate to cars on a personal level so it's guaranteed to attract attention. So it serves a purpose for Musk and his companies.
 
4. In a cosmic perspective, its funny and random as hell.

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Wish he'd put a parachute on the housing carrying it and attempt to land it on mars. lol


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Relevant: http://www.futuretim...hurch/?p=229451


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In a few centuries, Martian kids will lie on some vast red plain and gaze up at the stars, and maybe, just maybe, someone will notice a small light streak across the Martian sky. Except this won't be some stupid communication satellite we 21st century Earth plebs are used to- no, this will be a Tesla Roadster, baby. Making a wish upon a star? Ha! How about making a wish upon a goddamn Tesla Roadster.


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