Tesla Roadster and Starman have now traveled beyond Mars

CNet reports that on November 2 "Starman" had made its way beyond Mars' orbit. The auto was occupied by a mannequin dressed as an astronaut in the driver's seat, affectionately called the Starman, and a copy of Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was stashed away in the glove compartment. Starman and the Roadster will drift around the solar system for potentially millions of years.

Replying to Twitter questions, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla announced that it plans to announce the expansion across the globe, said the report on the website.

Following the launch of the Model 3 previous year, Tesla repeatedly missed aggressive production targets for the new vehicle, blaming "manufacturing bottlenecks". The initial mission sent Musk's personal electric auto into space, with a spacesuit-equipped dummy in the driver's seat and David Bowie's "Space Oddity" playing on loop.

In the future, SpaceX hopes to use the Falcon Heavy to launch larger satellites into Earth orbit and on missions to Mars. On the dashboard is a reference to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in the form of a "Don't Panic" sticker.

Back in February, Musk said that the mannequin astronaut and his own vehicle were launched onboard the Falcon Heavy instead of any other dummy payload simply because it was a lot more fun. However, the country is still open to a collaboration with Musk's company for a local factory.

According to an orbit-modelling study, Starman will swing back past Earth in 2091, coming within a few hundred thousand kilometers of our planet. And then the dummy sitting behind the wheel of "Tesla" will fly between Mars and Earth over millions of years, bonding with them every 2 years. That is if the vehicle is still around by that time.

Vanessa Coleman

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