A car in space seems to be a joke; who would even believe that was possible?!
However, as you read this, there is a cherry red Tesla Roadster in our solar system, flying its way towards Mars’ orbit!
The fun part is it’s not just a vacant car that’s floating into deep space. It has a robot driver, ‘Starman’, sitting comfortably behind the wheel with his seat belt on.
The image uploaded by Elon Musk on his Twitter account has startled many Earthlings. With a cool suited robot for an astronaut on the driving seat of the red Tesla, and David Bowie playing on the speakers, Planet Earth hangs in the backdrop.
Musk’s tweet reads, “Currently over Australia,” coupled with an Australian flag emoji.
Elon Musk also posted a short video of the Starman and the Tesla in space and tweeted, “View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth.”
View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth. pic.twitter.com/QljN2VnL1O
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018
The video is dazzling where the dashboard of the car reads “Don’t Panic”, while Starman calmly holds the wheel.
He also posted a photo on Instagram, showcasing the circuit board of the car.
The rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday, where thousands of people had gathered to witness the launch.
Around 8 pm yesterday, Musk tweeted, “Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt.”
Interestingly, even Elon Musk wasn’t completely sure of the mission’s success. They had put the chance of a fully successful launch at 50%. The launch was even delayed on the final day for over three hours due to high winds in Cape Canaveral.
NASA’s communication staffer, Jeff Lucas, wasn’t confident of the launch and told the audience not to clap until they see orange flames clearing the tower.
However, in the end, the high winds calmed down and the sky cleared for the perfect launch. Moments after that, Falcon Heavy was in space.
Since the 60s, the United States hasn’t had a heavy-lift capability in space, but things have changed after the successful mission of SpaceX and Tesla. The used rockets landed meticulously via controlled burns to almost accuracy. This successful endeavor has reduced the cost of space flight from billions to tens of millions.
Falcon Heavy’s launch had cost 90 million USD, whereas NASA’s SLS rocket is expected to cost around one billion USD per flight!
Meanwhile, Starman continues its voyage towards Mars’ orbit!