UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A cherry-red Tesla Roadster started on a billion-year road trip through the cosmos with a space-suit-clad dummy named Starman behind the wheel.
It was put up there by SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket that launched Feb. 6 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the rocket needed to test how much weight it could carry into space but that the idea of using concrete blocks for the job “seemed extremely boring.”
So he sent the car.
The plan was to launch it into orbit around the sun and Mars but the rocket overshot its mark and the car is now expected to drive past Mars and into the asteroid belt.
However, this doesn’t mean certain death for Starman.
In fact, the vehicle reportedly has a slimmer chance of collision than all Roadsters on Earth’s highways put together.
Its mission will help SpaceX move closer to sending real humans into space.