Destination is Mars orbit.
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Musk has also said that part of the point of his space exploration efforts is to help pave the way for landing and reusing rockets, which would make space travel affordable for people to eventually go to Mars. Tuesday afternoon at 3: The Federal Aviation Administration licensed the launch.
The second countdown starts at the Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt. More via The Guardian about how this car is actually planning to get to Mars:. After that, all being well, the upper stage boosters will fire one last time, pushing the Tesla out towards its elliptical orbit around Mars. Here are some other details about the car that are just for show, along with Starman.
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Why is there a car in space right now? At first, Musk suggested on Twitter that the Tesla overshot its intended orbit and would fly out past Mars and into the asteroid belt. The farthest it will go is about million kilometers from the sun, or about as far as Mars.
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It'll reach its farthest point from the sun in November, and in September , it will complete its first full loop around the sun. It'll continue to complete one full orbit about every 19 months. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch in pictures. He said forces like solar radiation can slowly bump the roadster toward a different course, or leftover gas in the second-stage rocket could give it another heave.
By next week, astronomers say, the car will already be too far away from Earth to track with telescopes. So they're clamoring to get some good shots of the roadster now.
Because of how the car's projected orbit aligns with Earth's orbit, astronomers on the ground probably won't be able to spot the roadster again until late in the 21st century. Based on calculations he made Thursday, Langbroek predicted that could happen in But in an email on Friday, he said it still seemed the car's path was "too ill defined to make reliable forecasts.
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At that point, "it's certainly possible that it will be mistaken for an asteroid," he said. Astronomers will eventually be able to figure out its a man made object, however, by observing its "orbit and behavior and brightness. And NASA says the roadster has been added to is "artificial object catalog" in an attempt to prevent this kind of confusion, according to Dwayne Brown, a senior communications official at NASA.