Elon Musk's Roadster Is All Prepped-Up for Its Mars Voyage

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While Musk confirmed that he was serious, doubts have lingered ever since.

The images show the red convertible atop a payload adapter, positioned between the two towering halves of the fairing that will be mounted atop the Falcon Heavy rocket, shielding the Roadster during its ascent into Earth orbit.

The photoset on Musk's Instagram account reminds everyone that test flights usually contain mass in the form of concrete or steel blocks to test load capacity.

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

More recently, Musk tweeted that the payload for the first flight would be his midnight cherry Tesla Roadster.

In April, Musk said he was trying to think of the "silliest thing we can imagine" to stick on top that first Falcon Heavy rocket. The 230-foot-tall, three-booster rocket is scheduled for its maiden launch no earlier than January 2018.

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Musk demanded to be taken seriously prior to releasing the crucial photo of that missing part, though.

But the SpaceX CEO isn't getting carried away with all the excitement surrounding the imminent Falcon Heavy launch, pointing out earlier this year that a lot "can go wrong" with the enormous rocket during its initial, highly complicated missions. -, Elon Musk replied with the only sane answer apart from the one we've already touched (media publicity): "I love the thought of a auto drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future". Musk also told Plait that he's willing to consider launching other objects inside the Tesla suggested by the public.

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