David Bowie would probably have been delighted to hear that there is now literally a Starman waiting in the sky – and he’s definitely blown our minds.
Last year, Elon Musk launched a Tesla Roadster into space with a dummy at the wheel named after the legendary star’s much-loved song.
Now the spacefaring electric car has completed a major milestone in its infinite journey after successfully completing its first orbit around the sun.
A website called WhereIsRoadster has been tracking Starman’s progress and said he’s now travelled 63,601,074 miles, which means the 36,000 mile Tesla warranty has been well and truly exceeded.
If things go according to plan, the car will now orbit the sun until it crashes into something – or is cleaned up by space-bound binmen if humanity ever decides to clean up all its rubbish from our solar system.
Musk’s roadster has cameras mounted on the car which beamed back incredible shots of its journey around Earth and onwards to infinity.
A sign on the dashboard read ‘Don’t panic!’, and Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’ played on the car’s stereo.
A Hot Wheels roadster toy car was also on the dashboard with a tiny spaceman on board.
According to an orbit-modelling study, Starman will swing back past Earth in 2091, coming within a few hundred thousand kilometres of our planet.
Considering the damage being inflicted upon it by the harshness of space, the Roadster may just be a worn aluminium shell by then.
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