Tesla Model X Is The New Car Of Choice For Astronauts

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Is the Model X the new official car of the astronauts?

When you think of astronauts and their cars, chances are you picture the Chevrolet Corvette. The all-American sports car seemed to be the machine of choice for the Apollo astronauts of the 1960s and '70s - a choice that makes a lot of sense given the sort of speed-addicted personality that might develop a taste for spaceflight.

But times have changed, and after this month, it might in fact be the Tesla Model X that you first picture when the topic of astronauts' cars comes up.

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When NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley make their way to the launchpad at Florida's John F. Kennedy Space Center on May 28, they'll do so in a white Tesla Model X crossover, equipped with NASA decals on the body sides and rear glass. It's a suitable vehicle for the mission, given its instantaneous pure-electric torque and brutal acceleration; the top-performing model can complete the jump from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds.

But it's also suitable in light of the fact that the Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission being flown later this month is the result of a joint effort between NASA and Tesla CEO Elon Musk's other business enterprise, SpaceX.

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Demo-2 is intended to validate SpaceX's hardware and clear the Crew Dragon spacecraft, Falcon 9 rocket, and SpaceX's crew transportation system for further use in manned missions. Crew Dragon Demo-1, an unmanned flight mission, was successfully executed in March of 2019, proving in theory that the reusable spacecraft has what it takes.

Spaceflight is something of a passion project for Elon Musk, who remains committed to the idea of colonizing Mars by building 1,000 long-range spacecraft and sending as many as a million people in total to the red planet by the year 2050.

If you want to be one of the "lucky" few selected to live in a Martian colony of Elon Musk's making, best of luck to you. If you'd rather show your support in a more down-to-earth way, the Tesla Model X Long Range Plus starts at $84,990.

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