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Technology Watch Starman and its Tesla get swallowed by the darkness of space

12:50  14 february  2018
12:50  14 february  2018 Source:   engadget.com

Space sports car now flying toward asteroid belt beyond Mars

  Space sports car now flying toward asteroid belt beyond Mars SpaceX chief Elon Musk confirmed the new, more distant route for his rocketing Tesla Roadster.The red electric convertible was the unorthodox cargo aboard his company's brand new Falcon Heavy rocket during a test flight on Tuesday. With the successful launch, the Heavy became the most powerful rocket flying today. And Musk's Roadster became the fastest car ever, hurtling off the planet and zooming away on a route that will now take it all the way to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Starman is drifting farther and farther away from us; a lot of the telescopes that have been tracking the Tesla and its passenger's journey will soon no longer Just go to the project's web tv page if you want to watch the astro-mannequin get swallowed by the darkness of deep space .

Starman is drifting farther and farther away from us; a lot of the telescopes that have been tracking the Tesla and its passenger's journey will soon no longer Just go to the project's web tv page if you want to watch the astro-mannequin get swallowed by the darkness of deep space .

a close up of a car © Provided by Engadget Starman is drifting farther and farther away from us, that a lot of the telescopes that have been tracking its journey will soon no longer be able to see it. The Virtual Telescope Project, which has been keeping an eye on the spacefarer and its trusty Tesla from the time they left the planet aboard the first Falcon Heavy launch, is bidding the duo goodbye by live streaming their trajectory one last time. VTP gives people a way to access several robotic telescopes in real time over the internet -- the images of Starman and its Tesla zooming across the sky, in particular, were and will be provided by the Tenagra Observatories in Arizona.

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  'A Car in Deep Space': Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster Leaves Earth With 'Easter Eggs' CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Starman is traveling through the solar system, riding in the driver's seat of a midnight cherry Tesla Roadster with the top down. Load Error The improbable, if also surreal scene, captured in a video broadcast back to Earth, unfolded live on Tuesday evening (Feb. 6) as a finale to SpaceX's maiden launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket. The car served as a mass simulator, taking the place of a real payload given the risks that the test flight might have failed.But it did not fail.

Starman is drifting farther and farther away from us, that a lot of the telescopes that have been tracking its journey will soon no longer be able to see it. The Virtual Telescope Project, which has been keeping an eye on the spacefarer and its trusty Tesla from the time they left the planet aboard the first Falcon

Hey, Starman is already on its way to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt — that’s the best view we can get . Virtual Telescope Project’s live broadcast begins at 4:15 AM PT Just go to the project’s web tv page if you want to watch the astro-mannequin get swallowed by the darkness of deep space .

Take note, however, that you won't be seeing the spacesuit-clad mannequin up close like this:

Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Feb 7, 2018 at 2:00pm PST

The batteries that powered the system that captured Starman's close-up videos already died 12 hours after SpaceX's Falcon Heavy ferried it outside the Earth's atmosphere. Instead, you'll see a bright dot moving through lots of other brighter dots, like this:

a star in the background © Virtual Space Telescope

Hey, Starman is already on its way to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt -- that's the best view we can get. Virtual Telescope Project's live broadcast begins at 4:15 AM PT / 7:15 AM ET today, February 14th. Just go to the project's web tv page if you want to watch the astro-mannequin get swallowed by the darkness of deep space.

Virtual Telescope Project


That orbiting Tesla Roadster could stay in space for a long time .
Researchers suggest a small chance the Tesla Roadster will hit Earth in one million years.More like "a few tens of millions of years," said researchers in a study posted to Cornell University's arXiv's site. According to reports, the study will be submitted to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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