SpaceX To Launch The Falcon Heavy Tonight, And It's Got A Fake Astronaut And Real Car On Board

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Tonight is the big night, when SpaceX finally sends its biggest rocket yet into space. The most powerful one the world has ever seen!

The Falcon Heavy is set to launch from the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, seven years after the rocket was first announced.

This is still technically a test run, after all it’ll be a demonstration of the Falcon Heavy’s mission capability. But it’s not completely devoid of cargo. There will be one expensive piece of machinery on board, and one humanoid, in the form of a dummy.

Elon Musk is finally getting his chance to do as he promised a while ago, and send his red Tesla roadster into space at the top of the Falcon Heavy. And if Musk’s photos are to be believed, the car will have a dummy in the driver’s seat, wearing the new SpaceX astronaut suit. The images show the mounted on a dome-like structure, probably to be housed in the rocket’s nose, with what looks like camera’s rigged up to the front end. In addition, according to Reddit, there’s also a tiny action figure of an astronaut in a red roadster sitting on the car’s dashboard.

 

Starman in Red Roadster

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Feb 4, 2018 at 9:50pm PST

 

It’s not yet clear if the dummy is going to be on board during the launch, but Musk has done weirder stuff in the past. Besides, if he’s sending an expensive car into space, sending a dummy too is not even noteworthy.

The rocket is set to launch at 12 am tonight, so don’t miss out!

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