[Excerpt] Elon Musk is attempting to fly the world’s most powerful rocket with his own sports car on the top.
The US entrepreneur’s Falcon Heavy launcher is designed to have twice the lifting capacity of any other vehicle.
But because of the historic high failure rate of maiden flights, only a dummy payload is being risked.
Mr Musk has decided this should be his old cherry-red Tesla roadster with a space-suited mannequin strapped in the driver’s seat.
David Bowie’s classic hit Space Oddity will be looping on the radio as the car is hurled into an elliptical orbit that stretches out to Mars’ orbit around the Sun.