“Starman”, a model on the driver’s seat of Tesla Roadster Ilona Maska, has already traveled a lot.
The electric car first went into space on February 6, 2018 – an event that impressed the imagination of stellar spectators.
Website WhereIsRoadster has since been tracking the car’s journey around the solar system. At the time of writing, the website estimates that the machine is currently making its way past Mars: it is about 5.9 million miles from the Red Planet and is moving at about 10,400 mph – just as there are no speed limits for cars in space.
Earlier this year, SpaceX reported that the machine made the first approach to Mars. On October 7, the company said via Twitter that Roadster was five million miles, or 0.05 astronomical units, from Mars.
WhereIsRoadster The website estimated that this approach occurred around 3:25 a.m. east.
The “star man”; is moving in space at a fast speed. The tracker shows that the car is moving at a speed of 55,700 miles per hour, “traveling” 1.3 million miles around the Sun. This is the same distance as if Roadster had covered the earth’s roads about 58 times.
The car is probably the most bizarre launch of SpaceX – but it had a serious purpose.
The launch was aimed at testing the Falcon Heavy, which was considered the most powerful operational missile in the world with a thrust of about five million pounds. Musk used his personal car as a payload equipped with a mannequin in a SpaceX spacesuit.
The car is packed with cultural references. The car sound system reproduces David Bowie’s “Cosmic Wonderland” on a cycle, while the dashboard is engraved with the words “Don’t Panic” as a reference to Douglas Adams’ novel. Hitchhiking Guide to the Galaxy. If they were a real person, “Starman” would probably get tired of Bowie – the song was repeated about 267,000 times if she still plays what she has.
The car also contained a “5D quartz laser storage device”, made in collaboration with the Arch Mission Foundation, conducted by Isaac Azimov Stock book trilogy.
“Perhaps some future alien race has discovered what the hell the guys are doing,” Musk told reporters at the Kennedy Space Center after the launch. “They worshiped this car? Why do they have a small car in the car? And it really confuses them.”
Where next is “Star Man?” It is currently at a distance of 128 million miles from the Sun, moving to the star at a speed of 14,000 mph. It is currently completed in about 1.8 orbits. Mars is not expected to go again until 2035, WhereIsRoadster creator Ben Pearson wrote on Twitter.
Although it is difficult to say for sure whether the Starman enjoys the trip, the car itself is probably in a rather terrible condition. This was stated by William Carroll, a chemist at Indiana University LiveScience in the days after launch, the radiation will cut and tear organic materials such as rubber tires.
“I wouldn’t give them those organic substances in such an environment for a year,” he told the publication. The most likely materials are aluminum frame, other metals and glass – if it avoids meteor strikes.
Tesla is developing a second-generation Roadster, a continuation of its first-ever electric car. The car is likely to hit the roads in 2022, accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds and offer mileage of about 620 miles on a single charge.
As SpaceX is working hard on Starship for its future missions to Mars, is it possible to send another Tesla company to the solar system?