The Tesla Roadster that SpaceX launched into orbit has cruised beyond Mars

The Tesla Roadster that SpaceX launched into orbit has cruised beyond Mars

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By Denise Chow

“Starman” has had a smooth ride through the solar system — at least so far.

The spacesuit-wearing mannequin and its red Tesla Roadster have now sped beyond the orbit of Mars after launching into space in February aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, the aerospace manufacturer said Nov. 2 in a tweet.

The tweet includes a diagram showing Starman’s current position along its orbital path as well as a coy reference to “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Douglas Adams’ comic science-fiction series: “Next stop, the restaurant at the end of the universe.”

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