The Roadster that Tesla launched into space earlier this year has apparently passed Mars recently and continues to travel beyond the red planet.
Some of the advances scientists and researchers are making when it comes to space travel and exploration are remarkable. It feels as if we have discovered everything there is to find here on Earth, so naturally even more focus is being placed upon what else is out there. The possibilities are quite literally endless, at least we think they are.
As much as there is to discover beyond our own planet, some with the means to do so have already started to use advances in space travel as a novelty. We are, of course, referring to Elon Musk. The SpaceX CEO has been dabbling with space exploration for a while. Earlier this year, he decided to fire one of his own Tesla Roadster's off into space, with the inanimate Starman at the wheel.
You can check out the planned orbit of the Roadster, and roughly where it is right now, courtesy of SpaceX's Twitter account. As you can see, the car has already passed Mars and continues to travel beyond it. The tweet also includes a reference to the second book in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series, joking that the Tesla's next stop will be the restaurant at the end of the universe.
Starman’s current location. Next stop, the restaurant at the end of the universe. pic.twitter.com/Ty5m8IjJpE— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 3, 2018
Nine months after the car's launch and many of you are likely still asking yourselves the same question. What's the point? Well, simply because he can, and by he we obviously mean Musk. The car will likely stay in space forever, destined to orbit Mars for the rest of time. However, according to Gizmodo, scientists predict that there is a 6% chance it could slam back down to Earth at some point in the next million years.
That probably comes as bad news to those of you who were eagerly awaiting the safe return of the car and Starman. Sadly, the mannequin astronaut will probably be making the same journey over and over again for the remainder of his extremely long life. He and the car will come within a few hundred thousand kilometers of Earth in the future, but not until the year 2091.