Eventually, the rocket’s second stage will try to place the Roadster, playing David Bowie’s Space Oddity, into a Mars-adjacent orbit.
“We estimate it’ll be in that orbit for several hundred million years, maybe even in excess of a billion years,” Musk told reporters during a media call.
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The tech billionaire has repeatedly played down expectations for the launch, saying that the mission might end in an explosion.
“This is a test mission as I said there’s so much that can go wrong, so we don’t want to set expectations of perfection,” he said. “I would consider it a win if it just clears the pad and doesn’t blow the pad to smithereens.”
But so far everything has gone as planned, with the rocket’s two side boosters landing simultaneously back on ground about eight minutes after liftoff.
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