Tech & Science NASA Has Officially Listed Musk's Tesla Roadster As A Celestial Object

04:12  09 february  2018
04:12  09 february  2018 Source:   Gizmodo Australia

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There have been a lot of doubts and confusion around Elon Musk ’ s claim that the first payload of SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy will be his own original Tesla Roadster . But a source told us the plan is very real and now a picture of the payload has been circulating on the NASA Spaceflight forum

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You may remember that, as a publicity stunt, SpaceX propelled a red Tesla, driven by a dummy in a spacesuit named Starman with the words "DON'T PANIC" written on the control panel, into space using its Falcon Heavy rocket. That car is now a permanent advertisement on the NASA HORIZONS directory of solar system bodies.

Wanna see for yourself? Eric Holthaus over at Grist reported that you can just head over to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's HORIZONS web interface, click "change" next to the target body, type in "SpaceX," hit enter, then click "Generate ephemeris."

You'll find both the details about the Roadster, as well as its ephemeris, or its position in the sky. This is the same system that tracks all the other bodies in the Solar System, including satellites and, you know, Mars.

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Even if in the best case scenario, the car avoids collisions with other objects flying in space , there will be many tiny pieces of rock which could cause damage. Another threat for Musk ’ s Tesla Roadster is the radiation coming from the sun.

A celestial monster aiming for a solar orbit and eventually a trip to Mars as SpaceX employees applauded and cheered the monster spacecraft. Musk put a his cherry red Tesla roadster on his rocket and a spacesuited mannequin named Starman!

But the page also reveals a secret: The car also has a Hot Wheels toy model with a mini-Starman inside and a copy of Isaac Asmiov'sFoundation novels on a storage drive. The car is now in an orbit that takes it between .99 and 1.7 astronomical units, where one astronomical unit is approximately the distance between the Earth and the Sun. On average, Mars is 1.5 au from the Sun.

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Along with coordinates, there's a warning: "Prediction errors could increase significantly over time due to unmodeled solar presure [sic], thermal radiation, or outgassing accelerations that are not characterised."

Who knows, maybe in a few million years a hunk of irradiated metal might collide into the Earth as a mark of mythical hubris from an ancient species. Wouldn't that be funny?


Before Tesla And SpaceX, Elon Musk Worked In Video Games .
Before Elon Musk was shooting his own Tesla roadster into space, he was doing other cool stuff. Like? Making video games, that's what.As YouTuber Scott Manley points out (via NeoGAF), Musk has a "forgotten" career in video games. During the 1990s, he worked at Rocket Science Games, and his name appeared in the credits for Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine and Cadillacs and Dinosaurs: The Second Cataclysm. Besides those games, Musk also worked on Rocket Jockey.

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