Tesla reveal location of car they sent to space a year ago
Over the years, real-life Tony Stark Elon Musk has pulled a lot of impressive stunts, but surely none can compete with him sending very own $100,000 cherry red, convertible Tesla Roadster into space on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Not only that, Musk sent the car into orbit with the top down and David Bowie playing on the sound system. Now that's cool!
Suffice to say, the Roadster has now managed to clock up plenty of miles on the old speedometer on its journey through the cosmos. In fact, it's estimated to be about equal to driving every single road in the world 22 times! However, plenty of people have wondered this: where is it now?
Check out this amazing footage of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket:
Well, Tesla has now revealed where the car actually is.
The car is travelling through space at thousands of kilometres per hour without fuel, due to the lack of inertia in deep space. When SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launched back in 2018, it gave the car a huge speed boost, which propelled it towards Mars.
The car is now on an elliptical path around the sun, going past Venus and Mercury too. It completes one full orbit about every 557 days, and is scheduled to finish its first orbit before the end of 2019. In fact, researchers predict that the Roadster will orbit the sun for over a million years.
The car is too small to be seen with a telescope, but researchers from the University of Toronto believe that by the year 2091 it will likely pass close enough to earth that we'll be able to see it through a powerful enough lens. However, this isn't the first time we're written about space junk.
Check out this article we penned a while back all about all the trash that humans have left on the moon.