Elon Musk Revealed Pictures of the Surprise Dummy Passenger Monday

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk revealed pictures of the surprise dummy passenger Monday.

Starman, as Musk calls the passenger, is wearing a white-and-black-trimmed spacesuit and helmet. It’s the same outfit real astronauts will wear when riding SpaceX rockets from Florida a year or so from now, bound for the International Space Station.

Falcon Heavy launches to Mars orbit tomorrow. If it doesn’t explode into tiny pieces, it will carry Starman in Roadster over 400 million km from Earth at 11 km/sec on a billion year journey through deep space.

Should it work, Falcon Heavy will be the most powerful rocket in the world by a factor of two and the highest payload launch vehicle to reach orbit after the Saturn V moon rocket. Could do crewed missions to the moon and Mars with orbital refilling, but better to leave that to the BFR program.

 

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