On Friday, Elon Musk tweeted that he would be launching his first red Tesla Roadster to Mars in 2018.
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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2017
After his sudden and uncanny announcement, the verge asked him to confirm the news to which he responded to an email giving an affirmative answer.
But when the verge published its article about the news, Elon told in a direct message to the site that “it was totally made up”. But the same day, Joy Dunn, an engineer at the company, tweeted that the first Falcon Heavy payload had been announced.
— Joy Dunn (@RocketJoy) December 2, 2017
“Falcon Heavy is, in overly simple terms, three of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets strapped together. It, therefore, will be capable of creating around three times the thrust of a single Falcon 9 rocket, allowing SpaceX to perform missions beyond low Earth orbit,” The Verge wrote.
Following are the screenshots of how Elon responded to questions from people:
“Red car for a red planet”
“The Roadster to Mars payload is real,” the second SpaceX official reportedly told Berger.
Let’s see if this was indeed a joke or something we should really look forward to.