1 12 months in the past, on Feb. six, SpaceX blasted a Falcon Heavy rocket into space and despatched Elon Musk’s individual Tesla roadster off on a journey by means of the cosmos to the tune of David Bowie’s Place Oddity, with a spacesuit-putting on Starman dummy at the wheel.
There is certainly a good deal about that very last sentence that seems crazy, but it took place.
In accordance to Pearson’s calculations as of Wednesday early morning, the electrical auto is 226,423,581 miles (364,393,544 km) from Earth and 163,525,522 miles (263,168,899 km) from Mars.
Receiving human beings to the Crimson Earth is one particular of Musk’s ambitions for SpaceX’s beneath-advancement Starship spacecraft, but the Roadster will not likely in fact operate into Mars.
Excellent luck obtaining any repairs carried out on the Roadster. It is exceeded its unique 36,000-mile guarantee much more than 13,000 instances above.
If the battery is miraculously nevertheless doing work towards all odds, then Starman has listened to Place Oddity above 99,000 instances. Discuss about an earworm.
We will have to wait until 2091 for the car to make a predicted close encounter with Earth. Perhaps SpaceX will deliver a Starship then to go choose up Roadster and provide it back again property. Then we will get to see if Starman survived the severe situations of place, or if it turned into a sentient creature deserving of a Star Trek episode.