Tesla electric car made it to MarsOctober 8, 2020
The Tesla car launched by Elon Musk into space has crossed another milestone
American astronautics expert Jonathan McDowell said that the Tesla roadster, launched by Elon Musk into space, reached Mars on October 7 and flew seven million kilometers from the Red Planet.
According to McDowell’s calculations, which he shared on Twitter, on October 7 the Tesla Roadster flew 7.41 million kilometers to Mars. This is the shortest distance that a car could approach the planet.
Thus, the electric car, recently classified as space debris, has overcome another milestone. Since its launch on the Falcon Heavy rocket in February 2018, the electric vehicle has moved approximately 89.6 million kilometers from Earth. As of September 2020, the speed of movement of the electric car in space was about 14.5 kilometers per second.
In August 2019, the Roadster completed its first revolution around the Sun – it took 557 days. At that time, the car moved away from the Earth at a distance of 115 million kilometers.
Earlier it was reported that the closest approach to the Earth, at a distance of 52 million kilometers, Tesla Roadster will make this fall, namely on November 5.
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