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Musk stated in a tweet, "Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity".

For anyone that still thought that Musk was joking, he put those thoughts to rest today with a few images posted to Instagram.

The SpaceX monstrous new rocket has officially arrived at the Kennedy SpaceX Center ahead of it's debut test launch. "That seemed extremely boring", Musk wrote on the photo sharing website.

Photos shared on Instagram show the Tesla Roadster being prepped for the Falcon Heavy rocket. 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.

Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla, first announced that his Roadster as space bound on December 1 on Twitter. Destination is Mars orbit. SpaceX's current workhorse rocket, the Falcon 9, can lift about 50,000 pounds to low-Earth orbit.

Elon Musk - who founded the space exploration firm in 2002, one year before he launched Tesla tweeted photographs of the Falcon Heavy awaiting its big moment inside a SpaceX hangar.

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

Hawthorne-based SpaceX plans to use the Falcon Heavy to. This highly elliptical path goes out to the orbit of Mars, then back to Earth orbit on a near-endless loop (hence the "billion years or so" detail from Musk). Instead, Plait wrote in a post for SyFy, it's "going near Mars" - specifically in what's called a Hohmann transfer orbit. Musk also told Plait that he's willing to consider launching other objects inside the Tesla suggested by the public.

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