SpaceX had outfitted the vehicle with three cameras that beamed back stunning images of the ruby red auto soaring through the blackness of space, with the Earth, blue and green and attractive, passing in the background.
Along with SpaceX's Dragon 2, Boeing's Starliner is scheduled to take astronauts to and from the ISS as part of Nasa's Commercial Crew Programme.
A slow-moving light seen across Northern California Tuesday night was SpaceX correcting the trajectory of its Falcom Heavy rocket that was launched earlier in the day. The burn is used to correct the rocket's path and point it toward Mars.
The sports auto was the payload for the flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket that Musk's SpaceX launched for the first time.
And like those records, the Starman and his ride are set to keep going and going and going.
"Falcon Heavy can launch about 64 tonnes into low Earth orbit, now that's nearly a factor three more than the current-running biggest launch vehicle, Delta IV Heavy", astrophysicist David Clements from Imperial College said.
"Third burn successful", Musk wrote on Twitter.
The auto is headed for orbit around the sun that will, at times, put the vehicle as far away from the sun as Mars. Did they worship this auto?
Images of the exposed Roadster and "Starman" - named after a David Bowie song - against the backdrop of our blue planet, were burning up the internet long after Tuesday's launch.More news: Hong Kong democracy activists walk free in appeal victory
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"Seven years ago, the Augustine commission said that NASA's Moon program had to be cancelled, because the development of the necessary heavy lift booster would take 12 years and 36 billion dollars", Zubrin said in a statement. "It's still tripping me out".
During a press conference after liftoff, Musk said it was dicey whether the second stage would power up at all. "I think the smaller satellites are a way of adding resiliency by providing similar but not the entirely exact same capabilities to complement larger satellites, not to replace them".
A red vehicle for a Red Planet.
The rocket is equipped with three boosters and 27 engines created to provide more than 2 million kilograms of thrust.
The American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services is one of the two companies partnering with Nasa to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and back.
Using the cherry red Tesla Roadster as a mock payload, the 23-storey Falcon Heavy launched at 3:45 p.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.
The only other blip for the mission was the rocket's central booster which, unlike the two side boosters, failed to safely return to earth. Musk then pulled off something perhaps even more surprising - winning public praise from the White House.
The strides Musk has made rendering Falcon 9 launches more routine - SpaceX pulled off a record 18 launches last year- has helped make it one of the word's most richly valued private companies.
View from SpaceX Launch Control.
In November, he turned the launch of a Tesla big rig into an event that captivated Tesla fans and industry observers.
Rocket recycling is the key to SpaceX's launch cost-cutting strategy. "You don't even need a gravity assist or anything". "It can do anything you want".