Tesla’s strapon finally reached Mars


In 2018 Elon Musk’s SpaceX showcased the Falcon Heavy Launch System with a successful test flight that sent Musk’s personal 2008 Tesla Roadster fully into space with a spacesuit-clad mannequin named Stratton in the driver’s seat. Now, more than two years later, Stratton and his cherry red car have reached Mars. Back in October, SpaceX shared on social media that Strowman made his first close approach with the Red Planet.

The SpaceX Post reads, “For the last time, leaving Earth, Mars has made its first close approach with Mars today – within 0.05 astronomical units, or within a radius of 5 million miles.”

The interesting thing here is that SpaceX notes that this is the “first close approach” with Mars and that, in fact, Spaceman hopes to get even closer in the future. According to Ben Pearson, who developed an informal online tracker for Strowman and Roadster (via) Cnet), Tesla will pass 1.4 million miles on April 22, 2035 very closely. It will make its way in front of the Earth in 2047.

While it is fascinating that the Roadster will get so close to Mars, never expect the pictures coming from those close encounters. While there are cameras both inside and outside the vehicle, the vehicle’s battery is long dead. Musk initially estimated that the Roadster’s battery would last more than 12 hours, but it actually appears to only work for 4, meaning that Stratton is still out of space in silence.

And both Stratton and Roadster probably look very different from what they sent to Earth in previous photos. Live science It was previously noted that the harsh solar radiation in space probably disintegrated with most of the organic material already exposed – think things like red paint, tires, leather seats, etc. Ultimately, it is believed to reduce roadster All that will be done is an aluminum frame and maybe some glass, provided they survive the impact with rocks and debris.

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