Elon Muska car over the solar system. The sixth crowd company SpaceX shared the image on the seventh side, showing how Muscle Cherry Red Stardion Toy, launched in February by Falcon Heavy, has gone its way beyond Mars and is about to revert to its current path.
The update is a reminder that eight months after the company launched the car into space, it is still starting a dramatic adventure. The original mission sent Muscovus a personal electric car to space, a dummy on the driver's seat, and David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in the loop. The dashboard contains a reference to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy stick in the form of "Do not Panic". The car also includes the "5D quartz laser storage device … high-tech, high-end storage facility that can survive in the harsh space environment" by storing Isaaca Asimova The fund book trilogy.
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Web site WhereIsRoadster.com, developed by self-serving space nerd Ben Pearson, shows that the car is currently about 179 million miles from Earth and travels at a speed of around 35,000 miles per hour. The home page also ridiculously claims that during its journey, the sun has exceeded its 36,000-mile warranty by about 10,000 times, reaching a total of 370 million miles. That's enough to beat every road in the world 16 times.
The successful Falcon Heavy test flight marked the beginning of the world's strongest rocket in its current use, with the ability to send 140,700 pounds in Earth's low orbit and 58,900 pounds in a geostationary orbit. The whole thing weighs more than three million pounds or about the same as 316 hippos.
The rocket could soon be overcome by the next rocket company BFR, which plans to launch hops testing next year on the Boca Chica site before its planned mission to Mars.
With Starman, which spans the sun once every 557 days, follow-up rocket hop tests could take place before the car even fills one full orbit.
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