Space Roadster has a ‘Starman’ in driver’s seat

Starman in Tesla Roadster
A closeup shows the spacesuit-clad figure sitting in a Tesla Roadster that’s destined to be launched into deep space. (SpaceX Photo via Instagram / Elon Musk)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — When SpaceX launches a Tesla Roadster sports car into deep space atop its very first Falcon Heavy rocket, the driver’s seat won’t be empty.

The company’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, posted a photo on Instagram overnight showing the Roadster in its payload adapter, as he did in December, but this time with a figure clad in a SpaceX spacesuit added to the mix.

“Starman in red Roadster,” said Musk, referring to the David Bowie song that goes, “There’s a Starman, waiting in the sky….”

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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