Billionaire Elon Musk hasn’t exactly had a smooth week in press relations, but today brought a string of feel-good tweets over a fake-news story on the ClickHole website.
It took a day or two, but astronomers have figured out where the Tesla Roadster launched into deep space aboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is going. And it’s not the planet Mars or the asteroid belt.
Observations of the Roadster, which has a spacesuit-clad mannequin named Starman riding in the driver’s seat, indicate that it’s in an elliptical orbit around the sun that will take it just outside the orbit of Mars and then back to slightly within Earth’s orbital distance.
If you run out the orbit over the foreseeable future, it’s not on a path to run into Earth, or Mars, or any asteroids.
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….”