See the Huge Rocket Set to Launch Elon Musk’s Tesla to Mars

The next big thing from Musk’s commercial rocket company SpaceX has been unveiled at Cape Canaveral ahead of its planned inaugural launch in January.

Elon Musk & Spacex

This is the bottom of the Falcon Heavy rocket and its 27 Merlin engines in a hangar at SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral site.

Elon Musk has offered a first glimpse at the rocket that will launch SpaceX into the heavyweight class of spaceflight in 2018.

The CEO of the commercial rocket company and founder of electric car maker Tesla tweeted photos on Wednesday of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket in a hangar in Florida where it’s being prepped for its maiden launch in January.

“Falcon Heavy launching from same @NASA pad as the Saturn V Apollo 11 moon rocket,” Musk wrote.

After years of delays, the powerful new rocket — which is essentially three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together with a second stage added to the top of the center rocket — is ready for primetime. It will carry a rather unusual payload for its demonstration launch.

“Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing ‘Space Oddity,'” read another recent Musk tweet.

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