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Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Explorers(m): 12:49pm On Feb 07, 2018
With a monstrous roar of engines, the most powerful rocket to leave Earth since the Apollo missions launched successfully from Florida last night.

The Falcon Heavy jumbo rocket, developed by the flamboyant SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk, had a sole 'passenger' onboard a mannequin named 'Starman' who rode to space inside a Tesla roadster.

Incredible footage has emerged from inside the car showing stunning views of our planet sailing past its windscreen as David Bowie's Life on Mars plays in the background.

Starman was meant to be on a 250-million-mile (400million km) journey to Mars' orbit, propelled by the main module, which separated from the Falcon Heavy shortly after launch.

But Musk has admitted the dummy is heading further into the solar system than planned because SpaceX overcooked one of the Falcon Heavy's powerful booster burns.

Despite Starman's failure to reach the red planet, Musk has said the 'silly and fun' mission was a success because it will 'get people excited around the world'.

Musk's main goal was achieved, in part, by the launch of the Falcon Heavy.

This was largely a success, although the central booster failed to return to Earth as planned.

He hopes the Falcon Heavy flight will open up the prospect of far cheaper space launches, which could make travel to Mars more affordable.





Cosmic radiation will now gradually tear the car apart over millions of years, with the Roadster's seat leather and plastics expected to fall apart in the next year provided the vehicle avoids collisions with space junk and meteors.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reMTcjw_Tcw

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5361789/Ride-Elon-Musks-Starman-travels-space.html

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Explorers(m): 12:53pm On Feb 07, 2018
Soon after the launch, Elon Musk tweeted a live feed of the car, and its driver a dummy named Starman (after the David Bowie song) with Earth in the background.



Where is the roadster going?

Starman was meant to be on a 250-million-mile (400m km) journey to Mars' orbit, propelled by the main module, which separated from the Falcon Heavy shortly after launch.

But in a slight hiccup, Elon Musk admitted SpaceX overshot the Falcon Heavy's third booster burn, sending Starman further into the solar system than was originally planned.

The new orbit will sent the Roadster on a journey into the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.




What will happen to it?




The main force that will tear the car apart over hundreds of millions of years in space is radiation.

This will particularly affect the plastics and carbon-fibre frame.

'Those materials are made up largely of carbon-carbon bonds and carbon-hydrogen bonds,' Dr William Carroll, a chemist at Indiana University told Live Science.

On Earth, we are protected by a powerful magnetic field and atmosphere that shields us from the worst of radiation from the sun and cosmic rays.


Radiation in space causes those bonds to break which will eventually cause the car to fall to pieces.



How long will it last?



'Those organics, in that environment, I wouldn't give them a year,' Dr Carroll said.

The well-secured inorganic materials, such as the aluminium frame and internal metals, would last longer, meaning it could still be recognisable in at least a million years.

However, it is unlikely it will avoid all collisions with micrometeorites and other space junk in the meantime.

Before the launch Musk said there was a chance the car might hit Mars. Now on its new path it's not clear whether the car might run into some other space object.


A series of live camera feeds gave viewers stunning views of Earth.

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Nobody: 1:00pm On Feb 07, 2018
Explorer baba!!!

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Nobody: 1:07pm On Feb 07, 2018
Looking at the white man's continent and the African continent.

How am I supposed to believe that all men were created equal?
Or rather evolved at the same time.




Will this Musk of a guy be dreaming/achieving all of this if he has to contend with the happenings in the African continent.



One of these days, I might just auction off this continent on eBay

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Explorers(m): 1:08pm On Feb 07, 2018
The heavens navigated by a dummy astronaut in an electric car, with a handy note for aliens “Made on Earth by humans” imprinted on the circuit board.

Presidential seal of approval: Donald Trump posted this message to Elon Musk congratulating him on his momentous achievement.



SpaceX has spent weeks preparing for the first test launch of its Falcon Heavy, which aims to become the world's most powerful rocket in operation, with the capacity to one day take payloads to the moon or Mars


In an incredible accomplishment, the Falcon Heavy's side boosters landed smoothly back down to Earth on two separate launchpads about 8 minutes in.

'The Falcons have landed' the announcers said, as people cheered and whooped wildly in the background.

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by neloyah: 1:10pm On Feb 07, 2018
"DON'T PANIC" keh?

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Adeyinka12(m): 1:18pm On Feb 07, 2018
highly interesting , una well done explorers
Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Damoxy(m): 1:24pm On Feb 07, 2018
Nigerians need to launch Buhari back to Daura in 2019.

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by kenevision(m): 1:24pm On Feb 07, 2018
Imagine how far these people have gone.

And a senator was sharing frying pan and gas cooker a while ago to his constituency.

Can someone empowered with frying pan be thinking about Space X.

It is finished embarassed

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by royalamour(m): 1:42pm On Feb 07, 2018
This is beautiful

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by miqos02(m): 1:59pm On Feb 07, 2018
Seen
Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Doctorfitz: 2:00pm On Feb 07, 2018
kenevision:
Imagine how far these people have gone.

And a senator was sharing frying pan and gas cooker a while ago to his constituency.

Can someone empowered with frying pan be thinking about Space X.

It is finished embarassed



Hahahaha ..

Nigeria is a jungle full of mad leaders.

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by TheTechMan: 2:00pm On Feb 07, 2018
If only our leaders will do away with corruption and create a good enabling environment for Nigerians to put their talents and abilities to great use, Nigeria will not be crawling in under development.
The youths who are supposed to be at the forefront of nation building are of course less concerned, their focus is on irrelevant things like bbnaija and forming slay queens and kings up and down.

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by dhardline(m): 2:00pm On Feb 07, 2018
Was surprised nobody talked about this here yesterday,we were more busy with BBN. Actually streamed the launch live on their website,it was a huge moment for mankind.

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by LastSurvivor11: 2:00pm On Feb 07, 2018
Oyibo launching technologies
While we are still busy LAUNCHING fulani attacks and counter attacks plus reprisals attacks..

Pathetic

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by temmypotter(m): 2:01pm On Feb 07, 2018
elon musk!
my business role model!
ingenious!

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Pangea: 2:01pm On Feb 07, 2018
I watched it live!
What a great day for humanity!

Made possible by a South African immigrant
Elon Musk

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Xinzu: 2:02pm On Feb 07, 2018
Right below this thread, you'd find a topic about a Nigerian woman who dumped her baby in the bush.



That's the level we are at in this country.

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by datola: 2:02pm On Feb 07, 2018
Wow!
Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by miqos02(m): 2:02pm On Feb 07, 2018
kenevision:
Imagine how far these people have gone.

And a senator was sharing frying pan and gas cooker a while ago to his constituency.

Can someone empowered with frying pan be thinking about Space X.

It is finished embarassed
Lol

God will have many questions to answer when we get to heaven

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by enjoy1100: 2:03pm On Feb 07, 2018
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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Beno3: 2:03pm On Feb 07, 2018
Nigerians should continue to pray and pay thithe .

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by aiir2303(m): 2:03pm On Feb 07, 2018
Nice CGI.... That's the earth for the blue pilled
Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by wellmax(m): 2:03pm On Feb 07, 2018
Wonderful, the world is moving on
Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Nobody: 2:04pm On Feb 07, 2018
Nigeria... inshort.. africa is still in the past. .even our super hero, Dr Stephen Strange cannot put us in the future.
#whichWayAfrica.
smh
Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by dozymars(m): 2:04pm On Feb 07, 2018
Dream big!
That is a Nation.
A Nation that will support your dream.

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by bobokeshington: 2:04pm On Feb 07, 2018
What a great fit!


God Bless America....
Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by ollah2: 2:04pm On Feb 07, 2018
The fact that a private company can do what NASA cannot, is pretty inspiring. Just goes to show, whats possible when you remove politics and all the red tape.

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Feraz(m): 2:05pm On Feb 07, 2018
And someone wonders why I love Elon Musk. I mean, dude practically achieves whatever he sets his mind to do. The whole concept of reusable rockets really changed the space industry.

Interesting Nairaland was able to push this albeit late to FP hours after this successful feat was achieved unlike where you'll see such after three or four days. I'm impressed!

Where do we as Africans lie in the midst of all these seeing how individuals and nations (you should read up what China is doing) are advancing the world? Do we keep watching, praying and hoping to use their tech while they redefine life or do we get our acts together and contribute positively? Time will tell.

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Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by nuesednutlofa: 2:07pm On Feb 07, 2018
Damn good
Re: Elon Musk Launches Car To Space on World's Most Powerful Rocket(Photos/Video) by Dollabiz: 2:07pm On Feb 07, 2018
Good

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