Elon Musk Sent David Bowie to Space, Sort of

Update (2.6, 5:33 p.m.): Elon Musk actually sent Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful operational rocket, into space—and launched a David Bowie-blasting Tesla roadster along with it. Damn.


Original Story (2.6, 2:10 p.m.): Elon Musk, the Tesla co-founder/business magnate/investor/engineer/inventor/jack of all trades responsible for SpaceX, the private aerospace manufacturer you’ve probably heard about, will launch Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful operational rocket, into space from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at some point between now (time of publishing) and 4:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, February 6. You can watch the launch live on Gizmodo by clicking right here.

The Falcon Heavy launch is relevant to us music lovers because Musk plans on shooting the unmanned rocket into the Earth’s atmosphere where it will release a David Bowie-blasting Tesla Roadster on a path (?) toward Mars (??) and ideally, the space beyond (???). It’s a real “Space Oddity,” if you catch my drift.


The car will remain in space for a billion years, says Musk, if it doesn’t blow up in ascent.

That’s science for ya!

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