Elon Musk’s Tesla will have a close encounter with Earth in 2091
Even though it doesn’t obey any earthly speed limit and has a space-suited mannequin for a driver, Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster won’t drive up his insurance rates anytime soon. Researchers say the sports car won’t have a really close encounter with Earth until 2091 and could last millions of years before getting totaled in a planetary crackup.
Photos: More images of Falcon Heavy’s launch and booster landings
Photos: Launch pad cameras capture Falcon Heavy’s fiery liftoff
Photos: Press site views of Falcon Heavy’s maiden launch
‘Starman’ puts Earth in the rearview mirror
Now in an elliptical orbit around the sun, the Tesla Roadster launched atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday during the powerful booster’s maiden flight was expected to pass beyond the moon’s orbit overnight Wednesday and reach the orbit of Mars in July as it puts Earth in its rear view mirror, analysts said.
Audio: Elon Musk speaks with reporters after Falcon Heavy test launch
SpaceX debuts world’s most powerful rocket, sends Tesla into solar system
Rumbling into the sky from a historic NASA-owned launch pad, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket — the world’s most powerful present-day launcher — flew for the first time Tuesday, dispatching a road-worn electric Tesla sports car with a spacesuit-clad mannequin nicknamed “Starman” on an interplanetary journey that will reach beyond the orbit of Mars.