Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster Just Passed Mars

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That's some serious mileage.

Tesla is a company that loves to push boundaries, not only on terra firma but in space as well. Who can forget the day that CEO Elon Musk announced his audacious plans for the Tesla Roadster? Back in 2018, the eccentric billionaire launched a Tesla Roadster into outer space using the SpaceX Heavy Falcon, the most powerful rocket the world had seen in nearly half a century. Musk wasn't too sure if the Falcon Heavy was going to make it, and gave the mission a 50-50 chance of success, but now SpaceX has announced that Starman, the space mannequin seated in the space-faring Tesla Roadster has made its first close approach with Mars (close approach meaning under 5 million miles from the Red Planet).

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Mr. Musk donated his personal car to the cause, stating that it was "kinda silly and fun," adding that "silly and fun things are important" due to the media attention they attract. He added that "It just has the same seats as a normal car has, it's literally a normal car, in space … I kinda like the absurdity of that."

The Tesla Roadster, which is said to have a 0-60 sprint time of 1.9 seconds, a top speed of 250 mph, and a maximum range of 620 miles is currently 38 million miles away from our planet and is orbiting the sun every 557 days.

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The website "Where is Roadster" is dedicated to tracking the wandering Roadster throughout its journey, and notes that Starman, the dummy piloting the Roadster, is the fastest moving mannequin in history. The site also says that if the car's stereo is still operational, Starman would have listened to Space Oddity 264,779 times since launch and that he has circled the sun about 1.7496 times.

It has been two years, eight months, and one day since launch, and the Roadster has traveled far enough to "drive all of the world's roads 57.5 times." That's a cool story, but all the people really want is a release date for the Roadster.

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