yesterday elon musk launched spaceX’s ‘falcon heavy’ from cape canaveral carrying his 2008 cherry red tesla roadster inside. onboard, a mannequin named starman wearing a spaceX suit, drove the car with an endless loop of david bowie’s song ‘life on mars’. and for our enjoyment and to register a historical event, musk equipped the roadster with cameras which have live-streamed the event to everyone around the world.

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spaceX starman onboard elon musk’s 2008 cherry red tesla
all images © spaceX / screenshots from youtube video

 

update february 8th: this article has been updated to include the last image of the tesla and its spaceman driver.

update february 8th: this article has been updated to include a revised orbit for the tesla given to NASA, which shows the car won’t make it to the asteroid belt.


elon musk posted the last image captures of the tesla on his instagram

 

 

in the video above you can see the incredible footage registered from the car passing by our planet.  and for those concerned with the safety of starman, worry no more as elon musk revealed in a press conference that he was wearing an actual production of the spaceX suit instead of a prototype. this is the same suit that will be used by spaceX astronauts going to space on board crew dragon, the spaceship that will bring real people to space.

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the car has been equipped with cameras that live streamed the event

 

 

featuring a monochromatic design, the black and white spacesuit stands out for its sleek design. developed in-house, the suit covers the qualification articles set by NASA to operate crew launches. that said, this was not just an ad for musk’s tesla and spaceX companies, but a test to see how the suit behaves in space missions.

 

‘I mean, it’s a dangerous trip, you want to look good,’ elon musk said. ‘it’s easy to make a spacesuit that looks good but doesn’t work; it’s really hard to make a spacesuit that works, and looks good… it definitely works though, you can just put it on and jump in a vacuum chamber.’

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the mannequin was wearing the real spaceX suit, testing it in outerspace

 

 

since the tesla roadster has been in space, it seems it overshot its trajectory. it was originally planned that the vehicle would reach a path around the sun that would take the vehicle out to the distance of mars’ orbit. but a new orbit shows that the car will actually travel farther out than the orbit of mars, but not far enough to make it to the asteroid belt as originally claimed.

 

elon musk posted this via twitter showing that the tesla roadster will not reach the asteroid belt as originally claimed

 

 

musk initially posted an orbit which showed the tesla would go out into the asteroid belt, getting relatively close to the orbit of the dwarf planet ceres. however, astronomers noticed some discrepancies prompting a revision of the orbit to be sent to NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory on wednesday. you can find it by selecting ‘target body’ -143205). whilst this might not meet original claims, the overshooting of the orbit of mars is good news for scientists looking to send vehicles there one day.

watch elon musk's spaceX starman driving his tesla roadster in space designboom
beautiful views of planet earth can be seen in the video

watch elon musk's spaceX starman driving his tesla roadster in space designboom
this is the same suit that will be used by spaceX astronauts going to space on board crew dragon

  • Did he actually dump the car from the capsule??

    James says:
  • Wonderful! Haven’t been as excited since I followed the Apollo program in the 60s and 70s….

    John Dunne says:
  • love it ! If extraterrestrials look at us, they now have proof that we are less boring than expected.

    thierry says:
  • Absolutely F-ing wonderful. After many decades of NASA milking the treasury cow flying around the Washinton beltway perhaps they can be reassigned to fix the water in Flint MI.

    NASA proposes to build a $1Bil rocket where Musk can do the job for $90-100Mil. Go Migrants.

    Jim

    JimCan says:
  • Musk is a futurist for sure ( just read his bio. by Ashlee Vance ) Tesla, Space X and Solar City are all cutting edge and companies of the future . I think that his car in space is cool on one hand , however to be the first person to advertise in outer space gives me pause .I suppose that it was inevitable . He proves that private industry can work more effect than NASA

    fred rehak says:
  • Apohelion of the orbit is 2,6 AU, which means that the car will go well into the asteroid belt. Ceres is just one of the asteroids, but there are many others that are closer to the sun. Even Ceres gets closer to the sun than the furthest point of the cars orbit, as its perihelion is 2,55 AU.

    JPU says:
  • Totally useless waste of money…
    It brings and proofs nothing…
    People need to open their mind and start asking…

    MuskYouSay says:
  • I think it’s all spectacular and fun but I would’ve preferred a controlled flight to Mars with final Martian orbital injection instead of a purely ballistic stunt
    But maybe the next launch will hopefully comprise a maneuvering controllable upper stage

    Alessandro Neckels says:
  • With all his powers combined, he is Captain Planet…………

    BlizzardPanda says:
  • Did you turn the radio on! Maybe you can listing to Major Tom, from ( David Bowie) !More power to you Tesla!only in a America

    Bonny Devore says:
  • How does the NON-reflective hood mesh in image 2 suddenly become smooth and fully reflective in image 4 (other than painfully poor & blatantly obvious photo-shopping)? I won’t even get into the impossibility of reflection with the reflected item BEHIND the reflective surface…which even the Star-man “magically” doesn’t disrupt. Though, I do like the air bubbles in the video (not ice chips, they don’t spin, twist nor flip…they can’t not). Again, more F_R_A_U_D_S _ L_I_E_S and D_E_C_E_P_T_I_O_N_S from a putridly evil POS person, Gov’t and “space” (laughable) agency.

    Iggy says:
  • It’s called carbon fiber. Also spacex is a private company. I suppose you’re one of those “the world is flat” people.

    Iggy says:
  • A technological and advertising triumph. The coolest thing I have witnessed in many years, well done Spacex…oh, and the spacesuit looks sharp… 🙂

    Ralph2 says:
  • Too bad it’s all FRAUD and only impossibly flawed:

    1) SpaceX can’t decide whether the car’s hood is a glint-only mesh or opposing direction carbon fiber or a fully reflective smooth plastic.

    2) SpaceX can’t get Starman’s visor to reflect more than just occasionally.

    3) SpaceX needs to explain how a reflection happens on the front of the car when the reflecting object is behind and below the reflective surfaces.

    4) SpaceX can’t explain how it got to space when the launch, propulsion and altitude gain ENDED at just 111-miles/179-kilometers…not even halfway to the fake ISS.

    5) SpaceX needs to explain why the Tesla (and Earth) didn’t spin on launch day and only did the day after.

    6) NASA needs to explain why it didn’t record anything nor provide an ISS tether and slingshot to get the Tesla into space or at least up to the FAKE ISS’s not-space altitude.

    7) Asstronomers need to explain the “new physics” of how it got into space and how such a truly tiny object “magically” is the same size as every other light or even visible at all.

    8) Real Science needs to explain how suddenly regular glass, paint, leather, rubber and plastic survive such temperatures and temperature swings.

    iggy says:
  • looks awesome

    Karol says:

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