If there is extraterrestrial life out there, the first contact they make with a man-made object could be Elon Musk's personal Tesla (TSLA) Roadster.
Musk's SpaceX commercial rocket company launched the vehicle into space Tuesday and live streamed the event. Now that NASA has shuttered its own shuttle program, the Falcon Heavy is the most capable launch vehicle available.
The vehicle was supposed to be put into orbit around Mars, but the rocket overshot its intended destination and it now appears that the car is headed to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
The Falcon Heavy rocket is designed to deliver a maximum payload to low-Earth orbit of 64 tons, or the equivalent of five London double-decker buses.
That payload capacity is more than double that of the world's second most powerful rocket, the Delta IV Heavy, but Musk's rocket operates at one-third the cost.
View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth. pic.twitter.com/QljN2VnL1O— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018
Falcon Heavy side cores have landed at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1 and 2. pic.twitter.com/oMBqizqnpI— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 6, 2018