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Tesla Launches Sports Car Into Space

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February 07, 2018 - 7:02 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A rocket launch Tuesday in Cape Canaveral sends the first sports car into space. 

Millions watched online -- in fact, it was the second biggest livestream in YouTube history.

SpaceX, the private rocket company run by Elon Musk, launched the Falcon Heavy from Cape Canaveral with some special cargo -- a red Tesla Roadster. The sports car is embarking on a solar orbit that will go all the way past Mars - if, of course, everything goes right.

The Roadster has a mannequin in the driver's seat, dressed in a space suit. His right hand is on the wheel and his left arm is resting on the car's door.

Musk says maybe some future alien race will discover the Roadster and think, "Did they worship this car?"

This was actually just a test flight for Musk and SpaceX.  Their ultimate goal, one day, is to establish a city on Mars.