Elon Musk is launching a Tesla Roadster to Mars orbit

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Earlier this month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce the launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket.

Musk's Space X venture is one of a few private companies committed to exploring space travel to the moon and Mars, alongside Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic enterprise and Blue Origin, founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

With enough fuel and the right trajectory, it's got enough thrust to launch a payload heavier than a auto to Pluto, let alone Mars. "That seemed extremely boring", Musk wrote in his Instagram post. According to Musk, the vehicle will be locked in Mars orbit for 1 billion years playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" for as long as it has power.

SpaceX's three-booster Falcon Heavy rocket in a hangar at Cape Canaveral in December 2017.

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"Major navigation overhaul coming in early 2018".

But, noticeably, the reusable rocket system is missing the clamshell top, or fairing, in the images.

For example, Musk previously said he planned to launch the "s$3 illiest thing we can imagine" on Falcon Heavy's first test-flight. And if that wasn't weird enough, it'll be playing David Bowie's 1969 classic Space Oddity as it heads toward the red planet, powered by the Heavy's second-stage engines.

With Musk's assurance that the upcoming navigation update would be far ahead of its current software's capabilities, Tesla's online community speculates that the update is a prerequisite for the upcoming Autopilot 2.5 suite of features.