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Tesla Roadster.
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  • Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster has made its way past
    Mars’ orbit, according to a tweet from SpaceX on November
    2.
  • The Roadster, along with a dummy driver named “Starman”
    in the driver’s seat, was launched into space on the Falcon
    Heavy rocket in February.
  • The website WhereIsRoadster.com calculated that the
    electric car is now about 179 million miles away from Earth and
    is moving at a speed of roughly 35,000 mph.
  • It’s set to swing back into its planned 557-day orbit around
    the sun.

E
lon Musk’s car is making its way across the
solar system. The firm behind the endeavour, SpaceX, shared an
image on Saturday showing how the “Starman” in Musk’s cherry red
Roadster, launched on a Falcon Heavy in February, has made its
way beyond Mars and is set to swing back on its current
path.


starman tesla roadsters mars
In
this handout photo provided by SpaceX, a Tesla roadster launched
from the Falcon Heavy rocket with a dummy driver named ‘Starman’
heads towards Mars.

In this handout
photo provided by SpaceX, a Tesla roadster launched from the
Falcon Heavy rocket with a dummy driver named ‘Starman’ heads
towards Mars.


The update is a reminder that, eight months after the company launched
the car into space, it’s still embarking on its dramatic
adventure. The initial mission sent Musk’s personal electric car
into space, with a spacesuit-equipped dummy in the driver’s seat
and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” playing on loop. On the
dashboard is a reference to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the
Galaxy
 in the form of a “Don’t Panic” sticker. The car
also includes a “5D quartz laser storage device…a high tech, high
data storage unit that can survive the harsh environment of
space,” storing Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy of
books.



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more:

 
SpaceX Launches Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” Books
Into Deep Space


The website WhereIsRoadster.com,
developed by self-described space nerd Ben Pearson, shows the car is
currently around 179 million miles from Earth and moving away at
a speed of around 35,000 mph. The website also humorously states
that the car has exceeded its
36,000-mile warranty
 around 10,000 times
during its trip around the sun, racking up a total of 370 million
miles. That’s enough to traverse every road in the world 16 times
over.

The successful Falcon Heavy test flight marked the start of
operations for the world’s most powerful rocket in current use,
with the ability to send a 140,700-pound payload into low Earth
orbit and 58,900 pounds into geostationary orbit. The whole thing
weighs more than three million pounds, or around the same as 316
hippos.


spacex tesla roadster launch
The
SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from launch pad 39A at
Kennedy Space Center on February 6, 2018 in Cape Canaveral,
Florida. The rocket is the most powerful rocket in the world and
is carrying a Tesla Roadster into orbit.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The rocket could soon be outclassed by the company’s next rocket,
the BFR, scheduled to start hop tests at
the Boca Chica facility next
year ahead of a planned mission to Mars.

With “Starman” orbiting the sun once every 557 days, the hop
tests of the successor rocket could take place before the car
even completes one full orbit.


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