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Tesla Roadster headed to asteroid belt

 New York:Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Telsa, on Wednesday posted the final photograph of the Tesla Roadster that was launched into space on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket and is headed to the astroid belt.

 

Musk wrote in the Instagram post, “Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars Orbit and then the Asteroid Belt.”

 

Tuesday's launch marked the rocket’s first test flight and is the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V was used in the Apollo missions.

 

Test vehicles usually carry concrete or steel blocks, but Musk said that would be “extremely boring.”

 

“We decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel,” Musk was quoted as saying. SpaceX expected the battery in the car to last 12 hours, but it lasted just four hours, according to USA Today.

  

Scientists believe that radiation will tear the car into pieces within a year.

 

 Cameras mounted on the car fed stunning video of “Starman” tooling around Earth, looking something like a NASCAR racer out for a Sunday drive, with its right hand on the wheel and the left arm resting on the car’s door.

 

Unlike most rockets out there, the Falcon Heavy receives no government funding. The hulking rocket is intended for massive satellites, like those used by the U.S. military and communication companies. Even before the successful test flight, customers were signed up.

 

Containing 27 engines, the rocket had a thrust able to generate more than 5 million pounds, akin to the equivalent of 18 Boeing 747 aircraft. It was able to lift a payload of more than 64 metric tons (141,000 pounds) into orbit, twice as much as the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost, according to SpaceX.

 

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