Elon Musk confirmed late Tuesday the Falcon Heavy and its lone Starman passenger have completed one final engine burn towards a “trans-Mars injection”.
The powerful rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 3.45pm EST (8.45pm GMT) on Tuesday before breaking out to into space.
Mr Musk revealed yesterday the final rocket burst worked better than intended and has quite significantly shifted the Roadster’s trajectory.
The SpaceX founder tweeted: “Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt.”
Last night, he also shared the last photograph of Starman at the wheel of the roadster.
He tweeted: “Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt.”
But where is Starman right now? Where is the Tesla roadster?
According to new website ‘whereisroadster.com’, the very special payload is more than a million miles away from earth.
The current location is 1,380,225 miles (2,221,257 km, 0.015 AU) from Earth, moving away from Earth at a speed of 6,848 miles/hour (11,021 km/hour, 3.06 km/s).
The car is 142,416,206 miles (229,196,738 km, 1.532 AU) from Mars, moving toward the planet at a speed of 43,799 miles/hour (70,488 km/hour, 19.58 km/s).
The car exceeded its 36,000 mile warranty 258.2 times while driving around the Sun, (9,296,554 miles, 14,961,359 km, 0.10 AU), moving at a speed of 55,826 miles/hour (89,844 km/hour, 24.96 km/s).The closest approach to Mars in the next orbit will occur on Jun 10, 2018, and will be approximately 0.739 AU away.
The furthermost point from Earth will occur on Feb 23, 2019, and will be 2.445 AU away.
The closest approach to Earth will occur on Aug 15, 2019, and will be 1.99 AU away.
However, Earth has already had its last glimpse of the Tesla roadster and Starman as they head towards the red planet Mars after completing one final engine burn towards a “trans-Mars injection”.
Sharing an image of the rocket’s…