Space X says next month it will launch the biggest rocket since the moon shots

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(WWSB) The owner of SpaceX, Elon Musk has tweeted that he intends to launch his "Falcon Heavy" rocket from the Apollo 11 launch pad at Cape Canaveral sometime next month.

Musk say the rockets payload will include his personal Midnight Cherry Tesla Roadster, and while it is being blasted into space the car's stereo will be playing David Bowie's "Space Oddity".   

Musk also tweeted that the rockets' destination is Mars orbit.

But Musk has also said the rocket has a good chance of blowing up before it reaches earth orbit.   The Falcon Heavy will be made up of 27 Merlin engines.  While it does not have the thrust of the Saturn V moon rockets,  it is smaller, lighter, and it is reusable.

It will also be twice as powerful as the next largest rocket currently in use in this country.

Musk has a net worth of about 19.5 billion dollars.