Elon Musk, the Tesla chief and head of the SpaceX programme, has taken to Twitter to reveal his plans to launch his own car into outer space.

In the tweet, the Starman wrote: 'Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity.'

Musk announced earlier in the year his goal of launching his own space programme, having designed the ‘Falcon Heavy’ rocket. With 27 engines, the missile is well equipped to propel 54,000kg – the weight of a fully-loaded Boeing 737 – into space.

Due to be launched in January 2018 from Cape Canaveral, the rocket has the capacity to carry both crew and supplies to reach destinations as far as the Moon and the Red Planet.

Not content with this feat, he’s now decided to put his own red Tesla Roadster on the rocket.

Many thought the tweet was a joke, but SpaceX confirmed it was no hoax.

Musk’s Tweet continued: ‘Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.’

If Musk’s dream becomes reality, we could find out, after all, there is Life on Mars.