In February Elon Musk successfully launched a Cherry Red Tesla Roadster electric car into space on a Falcon Heavy rocket launched by SpaceX. Starman is in the driver's seat of the Roadster and is currently driving into space. On August 17th 2019 he completed his first orbit around the sun.
Where is the Tesla Roadster now?
It is 167,948,778 km (104,967,986) from home. How fast is it going? Currently Starman is travelling at 98,952 (61,845) around the sun, which is 27.5 km (17.2 mi) every second. The fastest car ever! It's also going 20 km/h faster every day.
The Roadster is currently moving away from Earth at a speed of about 880 km per hour (547 miles per hour). It will come close to Earth every 30 years.
Since midnight last night, he has travelled 303,181 km (189,488 mi). Since you started looking at this page he has travelled 2,775 km (1,734 km).
The batteries on the Roadster have been empty since about 12 hours after launch, according to Elon Musk in a post-launch briefing at Kennedy Space Center, shortly after launch.
When will Starman's Tesla Roadster arrive at Mars?
Starman is currently 145,085,806 km (90,678,628) from the Red Planet. His time of arrival at destination Mars is Oct 7, 2019. He will miss it at a distance of about 7,500,000 (4,600,000), and arrive back in Earth's path by about December 2020. He's got a long way to go...
He is getting 19.9 (12.4) closer to Mars every second. A pretty brave achievement as Mars is flying ahead of him at quite some speed. Since last night he has gotten 38,455 km closer (24,034) closer. Since you started looking at this page he got 471 (294) closer.
Will Tesla Roadster hit Earth in the future?
Because Starman was launched from Earth, its orbit is closely aligned with ours. Roughly every 2 years and 9 months the Roadster passes near Earth. It's impossible to predict where the Roadster will end up exactly due to the gravitational pull of planets and the sun and thermal effects caused by the sun's rays. However, clever astronomers have calculated the likelihood of such an event. Starman has about a 22% probability of coming to a fateful end through a collision with his home planet. If he misses Earth, as we all hope, there is still a 12% chance either the Sun or Venus will collect him, within the next few Million years. (Hanno Rein et al, 2018).
Photo Credit and other: SpaceX, NASA, ESO/S. Brunier