The area around Mars became infinitely colder as SpaceX’s “Stretton”, the spacesuit-sporting mannequin behind the wheel of Elon Musk’s solar system-traveling Tesla Roadster, became Red Planet’s first intimate flyby this week, Which came within 5 million miles. Ruddy colored surface.
The Strong Tesla was secured in the second leg of the Falcon Heavy rocket when it was first blasted to deafening cheers and applause two years before the historic Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Now, the artificial motorist appears confidently in control as his four-wheel spacecraft swings around our neighboring planet, an important event on its odd odyssey.
SpaceX tweeted this memorable moment as the Cherry-Red Tesla Roadster made its close Mars approach on an elliptical orbit around the Sun.
“It’s a long distance,” said Jonathan Dowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “Mars will appear about 1/10 the diameter of the moon, so small but not a dot. It will pass about 5 million km from Earth in the year 2047. Not enough to see it as a resolved object . ”
According to the official website whereisroadster.com, since the launch of SpaceX’s ThunderCon Falcon Heavy Rocket on its premiere flight back in February 2018, the interplanetary vehicle has completed 1.7507 orbits around the Sun.
Oyster’s fearless $ 100,000 car is currently over 37 million miles from Earth, and nearly 1.3 billion miles since leaving our world. It will remain in a looping trajectory around the Sun between Earth and Mars for the next hundreds of millions of years, with only a 6% probability of crashing back to Earth. Easy calculation indeed!