While Elon Musk’s primary loves are his sons – his other loves are of course, spaceflight i.e. via SpaceX and his interest in getting to Mars, and revolutionary cars, mainly via his interest in the electric car manufacturer Tesla, but also exemplified by his acquisition of James Bond’s Lotus Esprit “submarine” car from The Space who Loved Me (1977).

Red car heading for the red planet. Elon Musk in front of a Tesla Roadster
Courtesy: via Autondtv.com

 

If there was only a way to combine his interests? Well now there is. Musk has formally announced that his is to launch one of his Tesla cars to Mars on the first flight of the Falcon Heavy early next year.

In a Twitter announcement Musk has said: “Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.”

Comment by David Todd: In the mid 1960s NASA astronauts compared orbiting in their Gemini spacecraft to being like living in a sports car for two weeks. Perhaps, Musk should prove the theory! And take along his mate Donald Trump for the ride (the pair have since made up after a disagreement over Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change accord).