Space car cruises further than expected towards asteroid belt
Wednesday - 07/02/2018 17:46
ELON Musk’s space car has overshot its target and is now heading towards the dangerous asteroid belt.
THE car that Elon Musk’s SpaceX shot into space yesterday has actually overshot its target and is now rocketing towards the asteroid belt beyond Mars’ orbit.
Mr Musk pulled off a coup yesterday when he successfully fired the privately funded Falcon Heavy rocket into space from Florida and proved that it was the world’s most powerful.
The rocket released a red electric convertible sports car, the Tesla Roadster, carrying a mannequin in a space suit dubbed “Starman”, after the David Bowie song.
The car was only meant to reach as far as Mars, with the plan that it would come close to the planet without colliding with it.
Mr Musk tweeted overnight that the Roadster had exceeded the red planet’s orbit and had continued towards the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, a more distant trajectory than anticipated, almost reaching the orbit of dwarf planet Ceres.
Even if the vehicle and its dummy passenger miraculously manage to make it through the asteroids intact, there’s still bad news.