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SpaceX sends red Tesla sports car hurtling toward Mars

'Game-changing' Falcon Heavy blasts off carrying its weird cargo, complete with a space-suited dummy and David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' blaring in the background

February 7, 2018 3:38 PM (UTC+8)
  • It was a moment in history as the Falcon Heavy rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center. Photo: SpaceX
    It was a moment in history as the Falcon Heavy rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center. Photo: SpaceX
  • Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster sits in the cargo bay of the Falcon Heavy rocket before launch. Photo: SpaceX
    Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster sits in the cargo bay of the Falcon Heavy rocket before launch. Photo: SpaceX
  • Spectators at Cocoa Beach watch SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on February 6, 2018.  Photo: Reuters/Gregg Newton
    Spectators at Cocoa Beach watch SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on February 6, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Gregg Newton
  • It was a moment in history as the Falcon Heavy rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center. Photo: SpaceX
    It was a moment in history as the Falcon Heavy rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center. Photo: SpaceX
  • A dummy named 'Starman' sits in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster after the Falcon Heavy rocket delivered it into orbit around the Earth on February 6, 2018. Photo: SpaceX
    A dummy named 'Starman' sits in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster after the Falcon Heavy rocket delivered it into orbit around the Earth on February 6, 2018. Photo: SpaceX
  • A dummy named "Starman" sits in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster after the Falcon Heavy rocket delivered it into orbit on February 6, 2018. On the dashboard is a plaque with the words "Don't Panic," a reference to 
Douglas Adams' novel, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." In the story, the Guide itself has the words "Don't Panic" on its cover. Photo: SpaceX
    A dummy named "Starman" sits in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster after the Falcon Heavy rocket delivered it into orbit on February 6, 2018. On the dashboard is a plaque with the words "Don't Panic," a reference to Douglas Adams' novel, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." In the story, the Guide itself has the words "Don't Panic" on its cover. Photo: SpaceX
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