The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday February 5, 2018. Luis Santana | Tampa Bay Times
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday February 5, 2018. Luis Santana | Tampa Bay Times
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday February 5, 2018. Luis Santana | Tampa Bay Times
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday February 5, 2018. Luis Santana | Tampa Bay Times

Developed and launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the unmanned Falcon Heavylifted off at 3:45 p.m. from the Kennedy Space Center for a test missionto deliver one of Musk’s electric Tesla cars into orbit around Mars. Adummy dubbed “Starman” was at the steering wheel of the convertible.

In a photo released by SpaceX, a red Tesla Roadster is prepared for use as a payload for the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. December 6, 2017. SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket, into space Tuesday. February 6, 2018. Photo Credit: SpaceX
In a photo released by SpaceX, a red Tesla Roadster is prepared for use as a payload for the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. December 6, 2017. SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket, into space Tuesday. February 6, 2018. Photo Credit: SpaceX
A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Falcon Heavy, has three first-stage boosters, strapped together with 27 engines in all. Red Huber | Orlando Sentinel | AP
A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Falcon Heavy, has three first-stage boosters, strapped together with 27 engines in all. Red Huber | Orlando Sentinel | AP
A SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from launch Pad 39A Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, for the maiden demonstration test flight at the Kennedy Space Center. Red Huber | Orlando Sentinel | AP
A SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from launch Pad 39A Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, for the maiden demonstration test flight at the Kennedy Space Center. Red Huber | Orlando Sentinel | AP
The crowd cheers at Playa Linda Beach in the Canaveral National Seashore, just north of the Kennedy Space Center, during the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Playa Linda is one of closest public viewing spots to see the launch, about 3 miles from the SpaceX launchpad 39A. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel | AP
The crowd cheers at Playa Linda Beach in the Canaveral National Seashore, just north of the Kennedy Space Center, during the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Playa Linda is one of closest public viewing spots to see the launch, about 3 miles from the SpaceX launchpad 39A. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel | AP
A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Falcon Heavy, has three first-stage boosters, strapped together with 27 engines in all. Red Huber | Orlando Sentinel | AP
A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Falcon Heavy, has three first-stage boosters, strapped together with 27 engines in all. Red Huber | Orlando Sentinel | AP
A SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from launch Pad 39A Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 for the maiden demonstration test flight at the Kennedy Space Center. Red Huber | Orlando Sentinel | AP
A SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from launch Pad 39A Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 for the maiden demonstration test flight at the Kennedy Space Center. Red Huber | Orlando Sentinel | AP
Crowds of people, reminiscent of shuttle launch days, line the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, to watch the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center and the return of the rocket's boosters landing at Landing Zone 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Malcolm Denemark | Florida Today | AP
Crowds of people, reminiscent of shuttle launch days, line the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, to watch the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center and the return of the rocket's boosters landing at Landing Zone 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Malcolm Denemark | Florida Today | AP
This image from video provided by SpaceX shows the company's spacesuit in Elon Musk's red Tesla sports car which was launched into space during the first test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. SpaceX | AP
This image from video provided by SpaceX shows the company's spacesuit in Elon Musk's red Tesla sports car which was launched into space during the first test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. SpaceX | AP

Video images beamedfrom space of Musk’s red Roadster circling the blue planet after theprotective covering had dropped away and exposed the car. A space-suitedmannequin was at the wheel, named “Starman” after the David Bowie song.

Two booster rockets from the Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy, return for a landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Terry Renna | AP
Two booster rockets from the Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy, return for a landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Terry Renna | AP

By 3:52 p.m., the booster rockets separated and, about five minuteslater, the two side cores landed upright, under their own power, atnearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in a feat of precisionengineering and flight.

Two Falcon boosters come back to land at Cape Canaveral after SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from launch Pad 39A Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 for the maiden demonstration test flight at the Kennedy Space Center. The big rocket is made up of three rocket boosters that will produce more thrust than any other rocket now flying. Red Huber | Orlando Sentinel | AP1
Two Falcon boosters come back to land at Cape Canaveral after SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from launch Pad 39A Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 for the maiden demonstration test flight at the Kennedy Space Center. The big rocket is made up of three rocket boosters that will produce more thrust than any other rocket now flying. Red Huber | Orlando Sentinel | AP1

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk revealed pictures of the surprisepassenger Monday. The figure is in the driver’s seat of Musk’s red TeslaRoadster, the cargo for Tuesday’s first test flight of the FalconHeavy. The right hand is on the wheel while the left arm rests on theconvertible’s door.

This image from video provided by SpaceX shows the company's spacesuit in Elon Musk's red Tesla sports car which was launched into space during the first test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. SpaceX | AP
This image from video provided by SpaceX shows the company's spacesuit in Elon Musk's red Tesla sports car which was launched into space during the first test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. SpaceX | AP