Humankind’s greatest achievement in space (or at least greatest PR stunt in history)? Wherever your feelings may fall, almost everyone is at least a bit curious to know exactly where that candy apple red Tesla is headed.
Fortunately, popularmechanics.com takes a look and has a precise answer to that question:
For those feeling sentimental about SpaceX’s freshly launched Tesla Roadster on its lonely trip into deep space, don’t worry. Professional and amateur astronomers can tell you exactly where Starman will be as its car careens in orbit around the sun.
“The closest predicted approach to Mars between now and 2030 is 7 million km on 2020 Oct 8,” tweeted Jonathan McDowell, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “This is still well outside Mars’ gravitational sphere of influence.”