Elon’s Tesla Misses Mars Orbit

 

In what is probably the coolest publicity stunt in history, a red Tesla convertible was launched into space this week during the testing of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. While it seemed the flight controllers intended to send the vehicle into orbit around Mars, the car will instead circle the Sun, avoiding a fiery return to Earth or smashing into Mars or the asteroid belt. More

You can watch the launch of the Falcon Heavy with Starman and his car deployed at the 25:40 mark and two of the lift rockets landing back on earth at the 29:00 mark (the third lift rocket was to land on a drone ship platform but missed). Here

 

 

 

 

27 Comments on Elon’s Tesla Misses Mars Orbit

  1. It’s definitely a guy thing. Jerry Seinfield had pointed out that when we landed on the moon, we hadn’t quite gone fare enough so we came with a car so the astronauts could drive around.

  2. At first I thought it was impressive, then realized:
    – His engineers made a mistake and will miss Mars (a big ass mistake if you ask me)
    – One of his boosters never made it back as intended
    – Putting a car in space, while kinda cool, is extremely pointless and a waste of money.
    – Why not put a up a payload that, at the very least, would reduce part of the cost of the launch? Oh, I forgot, it’s not Elon’s money, he don’t care.

  3. All he did was add another piece of space debris. The best case scenario will be that it merely has to be monitored. The worse is that it will collide with other debris and become a major threat to spacecraft and satellites.

  4. @uncle Al

    “Instead of a car, he could’ve launched an equivalent weight of Democrats.”

    You mean Hillary Clinton? With her baggage, she ought to equal a Tesla weight wise.

  5. The Tesla was never intended to go into orbit around Mars. That would have taken a lot more doing. It was supposed to go into a solar orbit that would take it out as far as Mars’ orbit around the sun. However, it overshot that mark and will now orbit the Sun between Mars and the Asteroid Belt. No danger to Earth or any of our satellites or other space junk:

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16983744/spacex-tesla-falcon-heavy-roadster-orbit-asteroid-belt-elon-musk-mars

    BTW, if you REALLY want your mind blown, watch this:

    http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html

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