June 5, 2023

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‘Starman’ crosses Mars on its rapidly declining Tesla Roadster

'Starman' crosses Mars on its rapidly declining Tesla Roadster

Starman – driving a cherry-red Tesla Roadster through dummy space – made his approach to Mars.

That electric convertible with its toy passenger bolted to the top of the Falcon Heavy Rocket as Stalt during the first test launch of the SpaceX rocket on February, 6, 2018. (Test launches usually include heavier payloads, but they’s generally more boring than cherry-red sports cars.) Two years later, the Falcon Heavy’s upper stage and the vehicle at its peak are making their second trip around the sun. Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who identifies space objects as a side project, discovered that the Starman traveled 4.6 million miles (7.4 million kilometers) from Mars to Mars at 2:25 a.m. EDT on October 7. This is 19 times the distance Land Reached Mars 35 times closer to the Moon, and to anyone on Earth.