It’s been one year since SpaceX successfully launched Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, into space.
Aboard Falcon Heavy was Elon Musk’s now-famous red Tesla Roadster, manned by the dummy driver ‘Starman’.
So where is he now?
— Starman (@SpaceX_Starman) February 6, 2019
The Roadster, now a car of international interest, has been journeying on an elliptical path around the sun and is set to do so for billions of years to come (assuming Earth and space and the universe and all that continue to exist).
Starman and his sleek space ride moved beyond Mars’ orbit in early November last year. He’s apparently still there, some 364 million kilometres from Earth.
Starman’s current location. Next stop, the restaurant at the end of the universe. pic.twitter.com/Ty5m8IjJpE
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 3, 2018
The car is travelling at a cool 8,226 km/h, disappointing many Earthly Tesla owners who can only reach a measly 400 km/h. The Roadster is set to orbit the sun once every 557 Earth days, so it looks like Starman will be out there in the far reaches of space for some time to come.
When launched, the Roadster was wired to play David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” on repeat. According to the site Where is Roadster?, which tracks the car in real time, Starman has listened to this track 133,503 times, assuming the battery still works.
According to a study, the Tesla will make several laps around the Sun before its space journey comes to a crashing halt – on either Earth or Venus – sometime in the next few tens of millions of years.
SpaceX’s live webcast lasted about four hours after its launch, but if you missed it, you can watch the incredible footage below.
Follow Starman on Twitter for updates.