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One of SpaceX's stated goals is to send a first cargo mission to Mars in 2022. The Cybertruck, with its futuristic sci-fi design, has prompted many renderings depicting it on Mars, which may actually become reality a few years from now.

A Twitter user asked Musk whether the upcoming SpaceX Starship will have a Cybertruck on board during its 2022 cargo mission to Mars, to which he responded:


That's not a denial, so we wouldn't be surprised to see the Cybertruck drive itself onto the surface of Mars in just a few years time.

This would not be the first time Musk has sent a vehicle into space. On February 6, 2018, Musk's personal Tesla Roadster was launched into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon rocket.





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Cool! I'm hoping to drive my Cybertruck to Mars, or at least the Moon, by 2025.......
 

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I would rather Tesla focus on getting this truck to market than to Mars.
I think it's important they open up the Mars market as well..........that market could be out of this world.........
 
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They have quite a weir desire to send their cars into space. I meant, Tesla, Cybertruck.. Maybe this is a kind of hidden mission or conspiracy.
 

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They have quite a weir desire to send their cars into space. I meant, Tesla, Cybertruck.. Maybe this is a kind of hidden mission or conspiracy.
Eh, I think Musk just couldn't think of anything cool to do with his roadster, and they needed ballast for the tests they flew on that mission.

They could have used sandbags, cinderblocks, or steel ingots as ballast for that flight -- but they chose to use the boss's car instead.

"Double check your math, so we don't blow up the boss's car!"

Plus, it was fucking cool!

You get to do stuff like that with a real car when you're a billionaire-nerd-king. As a regular nerd, I'm too busy with my nerdy day-job to even launch a car into space in Kerbal space Program.

I hope they retrieve the car during a later test!
 

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Eh, I think Musk just couldn't think of anything cool to do with his roadster, and they needed ballast for the tests they flew on that mission.

They could have used sandbags, cinderblocks, or steel ingots as ballast for that flight -- but they chose to use the boss's car instead.

"Double check your math, so we don't blow up the boss's car!"

Plus, it was fucking cool!

You get to do stuff like that with a real car when you're a billionaire-nerd-king. As a regular nerd, I'm too busy with my nerdy day-job to even launch a car into space in Kerbal space Program.

I hope they retrieve the car during a later test!
That's really cool, it's true. But as far as I know, that is not possible to take the car back and it will be flying in the orbit forever until the space body as an asteroid destroys it. Anyway, it won't be a clever decision to take it back - how many resources are needed for it.
 

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Most of the damage is being done by the solar wind. The car is being exposed not just to the cold vacuum of space and the blazing heat of the sun, but high-energy particles and uv ablating it like a laser.

Retrieving it would be fascinating just for the material science it could advance.

-Crissa
 

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