Thousands traveled to the Space Coast to witness the 3:45 p.m. ET demonstration flight from Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A, jamming roads for hours after liftoff of the world's most powerful rocket.
SpaceX is competing with Boeing to be the first to send Americans into orbit from USA soil again, something that hasn't happened since NASA's last shuttle flight.
"Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt", Musk said in his Instagram post. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is probably the first baby step to saving the human race, which seems bent on hurtling towards Armageddon.
The second stage reached low-Earth orbit, cut off its engine and is now en route toward Mars. In the driver's seat was a mannequin, named Starman, clad in a spacesuit. Musk's Space X launched an interesting rocket and we are wide-eyed with amazement. While the company was focused on building cars a year ago, Musk says Tesla is ready to significantly grow its storage business by tripling the amount of storage capacity it deploys.
The world's first space sports vehicle is cruising toward the asteroid belt, well beyond Mars.
Gianluca Masi, of the Virtual Telescope Project, and Michael Schwartz, founder of Tenagra Observatories, used data from Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to direct a telescope towards the auto and track its historic journey.
Like other celestial bodies, the Roadster will stay in the sky, rising and setting daily.
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The Tesla now has it's own entry in Horizons, a database run by the Solar System Dynamics group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
It's somewhat ironic that Mr. Musk's incredible achievement occurred now when our democratic system has failed to place a successful solution for "dreamers" on the launchpad.
Astronomers use the Horizons database to find out where they should point their telescopes to observe an object.
Although the Model 3 premiered in the middle of 2017 as planned, Tesla failed to meet its original production targets for the entry-level electric sedan. Click into Jonathan McDowell's tweet, below, and read some of the comments, for a good discussion.
By next week, astronomers say, the vehicle will already be too far away from Earth to track with telescopes.
The images show a tiny dot - believed to be the Roadster - moving amongst the stars.
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"So if you take four years, I think, 100,000 units a year is a reasonable expectation", he says. While test payloads are usually something like a block of concrete, just meant to add weight to the spacecraft, Elon Musk chose to send up his red Tesla Roadster, with a ...
"It's kind of silly and fun, but silly and fun things are important", Musk said at a news conference. Where's it really going?