In February 2018, Elon Musk’s private space company, SpaceX, blasted his original Tesla Roadster into space which was crewed by Starman, a mannequin in an astronaut suit.
Fast forward to November 2018, SpaceX announced that Starman, the Tesla space Roadster’s makeshift pilot, had officially passed Mars’ orbit.
According to Ben Pearson’s model, on Thursday, November 8, Starman will be at its maximum at 155 million miles (249 million km) from the sun, after which its orbit will marginally shrink over hundreds of years.
Starman’s current location. Next stop, the restaurant at the end of the universe. pic.twitter.com/Ty5m8IjJpE
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 3, 2018
According to Pearson, the car will reach its farthest point from Earth in February 2019 but will return for a close approach in November of 2020, at which time it will be just 32 million miles (51 million km) away from us.
As of today, nearly nine months since the launch, Starman has exceeded its 36,000 mile (57,900 km) warranty over 10 thousand times by traveling a distance equivalent to 16.4 times the combined length of every road on Earth. At 34,597 miles per hour (55,678 km per hour), this is definitely the fastest roadster the Earth and the solar system has ever seen.