Elon Musk’s ‘Starman’ makes its first complete orbit around the Sun

20 Aug 2019 / 14:05 H.

ON Sunday, Elon Musk’s famed Tesla Roadster — launched into space by SpaceX and driven by a mannequin dressed in a spacesuit - completed its first trip around the sun.

On Sunday, 557 days after Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster into space, the car and its driver — a mannequin named ‘Starman’ dressed in a space suit — have completed their first complete orbit around the sun together, according to the tracking site Where Is Roadster.

According to the website, at the time of orbit completion, Starman and his Roadster had traveled over 762 million miles, traveling at about 75,000 mph. If the music was still playing, Starman would have listened to Space Odyssey over 150,000 times and Is there Life on Mars? over 200,000 times.

Unfortunately, Earthlings won’t be seeing the vehicle and its passenger anytime soon, as its next close approach to Earth isn’t expected until November 6, 2020, with the following not taking place until March 30, 2021. — AFP Relaxnews

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