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SpaceX’s Starman and Elon Musk’s Tesla have made a lap around the Sun

20 Aug 2019, 12:57 UTC
SpaceX’s Starman and Elon Musk’s Tesla have made a lap around the Sun
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SpaceX’s Starman mannequin sits inside Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster with Earth in the background, shortly after the initial launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket on 6 February 2018. Image credit: SpaceX
Starman and his deep-space ride have completed their first lap around the Sun.
The spacesuit-clad mannequin, who sits behind the wheel of SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster, launched on 6 February 2018, on the inaugural flight of the huge Falcon Heavy rocket.
The duo wrapped up their first solar orbit over the weekend, according to the tracking site whereisroadster.com. Starman and the Tesla have an orbital period of about 557 Earth days, the website calculated, and they’ve been in space for 560 days as of 19 August 2019.
At launch, the Roadster’s radio was playing David Bowie’s “Life on Mars.” If the car’s battery is still working, Starman has now heard the song more than 150,000 times, according to the tracking site. And the site provides some other interesting tidbits as well. For example, the Tesla has now traveled more than 1.2 billion kilometres (760 million miles) in space, meaning the car has exceeded its 58,000-kilometre (36,000-mile) warranty more than 21,000 times over.
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