Elon Musk Reveals the Final Photo of 'Starman' and His Tesla in Space

Thursday, 08 February 2018 - 8:32PM
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Thursday, 08 February 2018 - 8:32PM
Elon Musk Reveals the Final Photo of 'Starman' and His Tesla in Space
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When SpaceX launched their Falcon Heavy rocket this week, it was a major news event for a number of reasons, the most gimmicky of which (and we don't mean that negatively) was the rocket's payload: a Tesla Roadster with dummy named "Starman" in the driver's seat, which was launched into space toward Mars

Shortly after the launch occurred and the Heavy and its boosters had safely and loudly touched back down to Earth, Musk posted a live feed from the Tesla, now floating out in space with an amazing view of the Earth. While there's good reason to doubt that the Starman will actually reach the Red Planet, just seeing a car out in space has been something, and the resulting photos were fascinating to look at.

So it's a little bittersweet that Musk recently posted one last photo of the Starman dummy, decked out in the sci-fi inspired SpaceX spacesuits, as the dummy and Tesla float further away from Earth. See the photo below:

Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt

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It's not entirely clear when we'll hear about the space Tesla again, since it's not entirely clear where in the solar system it'll end up. But it'll be out there somewhere, and if ever travels far enough that a passing alien should come across it, then we suppose Musk will have the last laugh on that one.

In the meantime, this certainly won't be the last we hear of the Falcon Heavy, as the successful launch means that it'll be making plenty more trips in the future beside the company's smaller Falcon 9 rocket. It should be simple tasks like shipments to the International Space Station in the short term, but in the long term, the rocket should be capable of transporting humans to destinations like the Moon and even Mars, where Musk hopes to set up a colony soon.

And if everything ends up working out absolutely perfectly, and SpaceX really does send astronauts to Mars, then they may have easy access to a car floating in the Red Planet's orbit.

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