Musk's $100,000 vehicle has a dummy named Starman, of course, dressed in a spacesuit at the wheel while "Space Oddity" plays on repeat as the ship heads towards orbits around Mars and the sun. "It definitely works, though", Musk said.
"It's silly and fun, but silly and fun things are important", he said. "Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt".
Musk posted the last picture on Wednesday - a crescent-shaped Earth is shown fading into the distance as the vehicle heads out to its elliptical orbit around the sun. Blue Origin beat SpaceX in having a rocket land successfully for reuse, and both companies have a friendly back and forth competition. However, the Falcon Heavy rocket overshot its planned orbit around Mars and instead zoomed through space towards the Asteroid Belt at incredible speed, Musk revealed. That could be ready for launch sometime in 2020.
If you were to ask us prior to 6 February 2018 if an image of an automobile in space was real, we'd reply, with nearly no hesitation, that the photograph was likely a fake. But it is exactly that kind of private space travel and exploration, by commercial companies, that SpaceX wants to make money launching rockets for.
Boisterous cheering could be heard from SpaceX workers at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, where a live stream feed of the event originated.
The Falcon Heavy has many functions, including its ability to bring cargo to the worldwide space station. Another company, Planetary Resources, hopes to mine asteroids to extract the vast amounts of precious metals. The mission was a historic success but with one hitch.
February 17:Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Paz satellite for Hidesat of Madrid in Space.
How major US stock indexes fared on Wednesday
Nine of the 11 major S&P sectors were lower, with the industrials index's 0.57 per cent fall in early trade leading the decliners. The market began falling in the first few minutes of trading, and the pace of the declines worsened as the day wore on.
Emojis: New list includes a redhead at last
The proposed image that appears on a digital petition supporting the creation of lobster emoji has the correct number of legs. But hey, at least we've got the existence of leafy greens acknowledged now, along with the glorious mango.
McDaniels fiasco latest for Colts, Patriots
This news also supports the idea that Belichick will walk away after 2018 and hand the keys to the franchise over to McDaniels . Most assumed that McDaniels would have already committed if the Patriots didn't happen to be in the middle of a Super Bowl run.