an astrophotographer in California has spotted “Starman”, the lone passenger [edit god] seated on Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster heading out towards the asteroid belt. At the time of writing this story, the car was 2,468,560 km from Earth, moving away from Earth at a speed of 10,984 km/hour, that is 3.05 km/s. Read more.
A team of researchers wanted to know the Roadster’s ultimate fate, so they performed a series of computer simulations tracking the car’s path through the solar system over the next 3 million years. This modeling work gives the Roadster a 6 percent chance of crashing into Earth in the next 1 million years and a 2.5 percent chance of hitting Venusduring that same stretch. The car will probably slam into one of those two worlds at some point in the not-too-distant future (well, cosmologically speaking, anyway), the researchers said. Read more at Space.com
Someone has created a web site where you can track where our great Starman is located. Amazing
The red Hot Wheels Tesla Roadster sold for $1.09 when it hit toy stores in 2016 and was selling between $5 and $15 on eBay as recently last month. Now, less than week after the launch, it is commanding as much as $100, with newer listings asking $150 or more.