Elon Musk's Tesla Takes Wrong Turn Into Deep Space

Starman's journey creates online frenzy after SpaceX launch

Elon Musk has sent his Tesla Roadster into space and whilst the images of it are pretty remarkable now, one notable academic reckons it will be completely destroyed within a year.

Starman and his Roadster ended up taking their unprecedented drive because Musk wanted something more exciting than the concrete blocks typically used as mass simulators strapped to SpaceX's Falcon Heavy on the big rocket's first test flight.

The other day the world witnessed history. It can launch a payload of over 140,000 pounds to low earth orbit and 37,000 pounds to Mars - the auto didn't stress it at all. The Chinese government has been investing heavily with this aim, and all eyes are now on the Long March 9 rocket, which some are calling China's very own Falcon Heavy.

What's all this mean for the space industry and policy makers?

While SpaceX scored a major success with Falcon Heavy, continued delays by both SpaceX and Boeing have pushed commercial crew service to ISS from 2015 to 2019 or even 2020, forcing continued reliance on single-sourced Russian launch services at ever-escalating prices.

According to Mashable, SpaceX's trajectory map for the Roadster shows the vehicle flying past Mars and approaching the orbit of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt.

The Gateway would be merely spectator seating to watch China build their Lunar surface base. Elon Musk and SpaceX took to the skies over Florida to do something that has never been done before.

The inter-galactic roadster was supposed to reach the orbit of Mars, however it has overshot and is now expected to reach a distance of 160 million miles from the Sun, The Verge reported.

Musk said he made a decision to put his own auto into space because he wanted something more interesting as the Falcon Heavy's test payload than the concrete blocks typically used as mass simulators, which he called "extremely boring", USA Today reported.

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