Back in February, SpaceX launched a Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time. It carried with it the Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster, “driven” through space by the already famous Straman. Now, about nine months later, Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster flew past Mars.
Last Saturday, SpaceX shared the Tesla Roadster’s current location in a tweet. The company revealed that Starman just past by Mars and is about to loop around back to Earth. It would fly by our planet in August 2019.
“Starman’s current location. Next stop, the restaurant at the end of the universe,” SpaceX wrote on Twitter and released the following image.
As reported by whereisroadster.com, which keeps track of the Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster journey in space, Starman is “over 180 million miles from earth and 133 million miles from Mars, moving away from the planet at 21,050 miles per hour.”
The Starman and his Tesla Roadster are traveling through space since February when they launched with SpaceX Heavy Falcon rocket.
Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster Flew Past Mars
“That seemed extremely boring. Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel,” said Elon Musk, the CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla Motors.
Above all that, more important for SpaceX, the Starman dummy is suited up with a real SpaceX suit. That would help the most famous space private corporation learn more about how its suits are behaving while in space. With that information, the company can improve the suit to be ideal for humans, given the next plans that SpaceX has, such as flying people to Mars.
In conclusion, the Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster and its Starman driver flew by Mars, and they are now up for turning around the Red Planet to return towards Earth. It would pass by our planet in August 2019.
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