News or Noise: Was a Tesla launched at Mars?

February 07, 2018 11:33 PM

Thousands of people gathered in Florida to watch the launch of the Elon Musk SpaceX rocket on Tuesday.

Inside the most powerful rocket was a cherry red Tesla car with a fake astronaut in the driver's seat.


You've probably seen one of the many reports that say the car was released by the rocket toward Mars.

Here's a claim from one article News10NBC found on social media:

"Mr. Musk used a super rocket – the Falcon Heavy vehicle – to send the car into orbit around Mars, deploying technology with twice the launching power of any existing rocket." 

The rocket launched successfully, and Musk's personal Tesla was on board, but will it hit Mars 200 million miles away?

The excitement surrounding this launch quickly spread through social media. Perhaps, Musk himself added to the speculation that his car would stay on Mars. Musk tweeted on Saturday:
 "Falcon Heavy launch simulation almost ready. Will be set to Bowie's Life on Mars."

Following the launch, Musk tweeted:
 "Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt." 

While it takes about six months to reach Mars's orbit, it appears the Tesla Roadster won't actually be staying on Mars, but rather got a one way ticket to infinity.

That makes this claim 50-50. 


Jennifer Mobilia

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