Flying cars are no longer just a figure of one’s imagination, on tuesday February 6 Elon Musk launched his Tesla Roadster on top of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy into the deep depths of space. At this time the cherry red convertible Tesla Roadster is looping around the sun on an elliptical orbit, inside the Tesla sits an astronaut suited mannequin named Starman relaxing with his arm hanging out the side while listening to “Life on Mars” by David Bowie. Tesla has truly created an iconic image that will likely stand the test of time in our minds.
It’s definitely a sight to behold, especially as Spacex lived streamed the whole ordeal and recorded the booster rockets landing safely in tandem back on earth, unfortunately the third did not make the drop but that didn’t take away from the impressive return of the others.
With 27 engines the Falcon Heavy is capable of carrying up to 140,000 pounds into low earth orbit making it the most powerful rocket on earth, giving us the opportunity to launch satellites and space stations into orbit.
It’s a good time to be alive right now and witness these groundbreaking moments in history and although it may seem like a frivolous waste of money, it is bringing new hopes to space exploration and is capturing the interests of many students and adults world wide.
“This is the kind of thing you see in movies or read about in books, i just think it is amazing where we are living in a time where this is a reality.” sophomore Jennifer Lawrie-Brooks said.
The Tesla was originally supposed to be put on a path around the sun that
would take the vehicle out to the distance of Mars’s orbit, however the rocket carrying the car seems to of overshot that trajectory and has put the Tesla in an orbit that extends beyond the red planet’s path. The car is now projected to travel farther out than mars’s orbit but not far enough to make it to the asteroid belt.
The future of the Tesla remains up in space with many theories of where its projected to go. No matter its projected course the Teslas journey certainly demonstrates the Falcons Heavy’s capabilities of putting objects into deep space. The idea that a rocket could potentially send things into the asteroid belts is very likely to catch the attention of many companies working on mining water from asteroids someday. Even though the Roadster is not venturing into the asteroid belt it will still be overshooting the orbit of mars giving hope to scientists looking to send larger vehicles to the red planet someday. That’s one small drive for cars, one giant leap for mankind.