Tesla Roadster SpaceX launched into space makes ‘close approach’ to Mars

Not as close as you might think, though
by Drei Laurel | Oct 9, 2020
PHOTO: SpaceX on Twitter

Remember the Tesla Roadster that Elon Musk and SpaceX launched into outer space a couple of years ago? Well, it’s finally nearing Mars—more than two-and-a-half years since it left Earth.

SpaceX’s official Twitter account recently provided a mission update yesterday, saying the convertible and its dummy occupant have finally made a “close approach” to Mars. Close might be a bit of a stretch for the less science-oriented of us, though, as the vehicle is still a couple of million miles from the surface of the planet. Look:

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“Starman, last seen leaving earth, made its first close approach with Mars today—within 0.05 astronomical units, or under five million miles, of the red planet,” the company tweeted.

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Nice, but to be honest, we’re a little bit surprised that thing has lasted up there for as long as it has. In 2018, the Roadster and Starman overshot their original trajectory and were supposedly heading for the asteroid belt. Things worked out after all, then.

We’re not exactly sure what the plan is here. Land the thing on the surface, perhaps? That’ll be one hell of a parking job if that’s the case. How much longer do you think Starman and his ride will last?

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