It’s been two and a half years since SpaceX successfully demonstrated its Falcon Heavy Launch System,media CNET reported. Instead of using a chunk of concrete or other types of ballast as a test payload, Elon Musk provided one of his cherry-red Teslas, “driven” by a Starman prosthetic in space suits.
Starman is set on a trajectory to Mars, which Musk hopes will help turn the country into a new destination for humans in the coming decades.
After more than 32 months, Tesla finally flew close to Mars for the first time on Wednesday, according to SpaceX.
Early calculations of Tesla’s path in the universe suggest that it has assumed an orbit around the sun, making it meander back and forth between Earth and Mars.
For the first time, Starman passed Mars up close, but not particularly close, less than 5 million miles (8 million kilometers). Tesla will fly over the Red Planet at a distance of 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) on April 22, 2035, according to Ben Pearson, who developed the unofficial Where Is Roadste online tracker.