There’s nothing fake about this photo and people can’t get their heads round it

People are waking up to this image of a car apparently heading out from earth into space and assuming it’s fake. Except it’s not. At least, we don’t think so.

It’s a Tesla sports car owned by Elon Musk, sent into space on his Falcon Heavy rocket.

Musk’s cherry red electric car is on its way to Mars with ‘Don’t Panic’ stamped on the dashboard and David Bowie playing on the stereo and will carry on its journey into deep space, all being well.

And this is the rocket it went up on.

This isn’t fake either, although it really looks like it.

And you can follow its progress here.

Obviously that’s not a real astronaut, just in case you’re wondering.

Well, maybe.