SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world's most powerful rocket

The world’s first space sports car is cruising toward the asteroid belt, well beyond Mars.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk confirmed the new, more distant route for his rocketing Tesla Roadster, which was launched aboard the company’s Falcon Heavy from Florida.

The Heavy became the most powerful rocket flying today with Tuesday’s inaugural test flight.

Musk says the final firing of the upper stage put his red convertible into a solar orbit that stretches all the way to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The original plan had the car traveling no farther than Mars.

In the driver seat of the Tesla is a space-suited mannequin nicknamed “Starman.” Musk doesn’t plan to fly people on the Heavy, but is working on an even bigger rocket for deep-space crews. (AP)

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<p>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. (Photo: SpaceX via AP) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

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. (Photo: SpaceX via AP)

<p>A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket leaves a smoke trail behind after lifting off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Steve Nesius/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket leaves a smoke trail behind after lifting off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Steve Nesius/Reuters)

<p>Elon Musk, founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX, speaks at a news conference after the Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket launched successfully from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: John Raoux/AP) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

Elon Musk, founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX, speaks at a news conference after the Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket launched successfully from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: John Raoux/AP)

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<p>A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket trails flames after lifting off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Thom Baur/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket trails flames after lifting off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Thom Baur/Reuters)

<p>The contrail of SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket loom above spectators at Cocoa Beach after its launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Feb, 6, 2018. (Photo: Gregg Newton/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

The contrail of SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket loom above spectators at Cocoa Beach after its launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Feb, 6, 2018. (Photo: Gregg Newton/Reuters)

<p>Spectators at Cocoa Beach watch SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Feb, 6, 2018. (Photo: Gregg Newton/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

Spectators at Cocoa Beach watch SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Feb, 6, 2018. (Photo: Gregg Newton/Reuters)

<p>The solid rocket boosters of SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket come back for landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX/Handout via Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

The solid rocket boosters of SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket come back for landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX/Handout via Reuters)

<p>Spectators at Cocoa Beach watch SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Feb, 6, 2018. (Photo: Gregg Newton/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

Spectators at Cocoa Beach watch SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Feb, 6, 2018. (Photo: Gregg Newton/Reuters)

<p>A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket climbs towards space after lifting off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket climbs towards space after lifting off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters)

<p>A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Thom Baur/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Thom Baur/Reuters)

<p>Indiana University student Constance Strawn of Bloomington, Indiana, gets ready to watch her first SpaceX launch, several hours before liftoff of the first Falcon Heavy rocket, from a vantage point at Cocoa Beach, Fla., Feb, 6, 2018. (Photo: Gregg Newton/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

Indiana University student Constance Strawn of Bloomington, Indiana, gets ready to watch her first SpaceX launch, several hours before liftoff of the first Falcon Heavy rocket, from a vantage point at Cocoa Beach, Fla., Feb, 6, 2018. (Photo: Gregg Newton/Reuters)

<p>A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters)

<p>A mannequin “Starman” sits at the wheel of a Tesla Roadster in this photo posted on the Instagram account of Elon Musk, head of auto company Tesla and founder of the private space company SpaceX. The car will be on board when SpaceX launches its new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Elon Musk/Instagram via AP) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

A mannequin “Starman” sits at the wheel of a Tesla Roadster in this photo posted on the Instagram account of Elon Musk, head of auto company Tesla and founder of the private space company SpaceX. The car will be on board when SpaceX launches its new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Elon Musk/Instagram via AP)

<p>The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rests on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on Fer. 5, 2018, ahead of its demonstration mission. SpaceX is poised for the first test launch February 6 of its Falcon Heavy, which aims to become the world’s most powerful rocket in operation, capable of ferrying people to the Moon or Mars some day. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rests on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on Fer. 5, 2018, ahead of its demonstration mission. SpaceX is poised for the first test launch February 6 of its Falcon Heavy, which aims to become the world’s most powerful rocket in operation, capable of ferrying people to the Moon or Mars some day. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket stands on historic launch pad 39A as it is readied for its first demonstration flight at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket stands on historic launch pad 39A as it is readied for its first demonstration flight at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters)

<p>Visitors stake out spots near the fishing pier at Jetty Park to watch SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Gregg Newton/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

Visitors stake out spots near the fishing pier at Jetty Park to watch SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: Gregg Newton/Reuters)

<p>The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center as it is prepared for tomorrow’s lift-off on Feb.5, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center as it is prepared for tomorrow’s lift-off on Feb.5, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

<p>Photographers set up cameras that will fire remotely to record the launch of a Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. The Falcon Heavy scheduled to launch Tuesday afternoon, has three first-stage boosters, strapped together with 27 engines in all. (Photo: John Raoux/AP) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

Photographers set up cameras that will fire remotely to record the launch of a Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. The Falcon Heavy scheduled to launch Tuesday afternoon, has three first-stage boosters, strapped together with 27 engines in all. (Photo: John Raoux/AP)

<p>A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket stands on historic launch pad 39A as it is readied for its first demonstration flight at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket stands on historic launch pad 39A as it is readied for its first demonstration flight at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters)

<p>Visitors stake out spots near the fishing pier at Jetty Park and Cocoa Beach to watch SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gregg Newton/Reuters) </p>
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket

Visitors stake out spots near the fishing pier at Jetty Park and Cocoa Beach to watch SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: Gregg Newton/Reuters)

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