On February 6th, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk launched his Tesla roadster into space from Cape Canaveral, as a dummy payload for the Falcon Heavy Rocket.
The dummy driving the car has been named “Starman,” after the David Bowie song with the same title. However, that is not the only pop culture reference on the car. On the dashboard, the words “DON’T PANIC!” can be seen. This is a reference to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
“If he has the ability to send a car into space, who knows what he’ll do next.” Said junior Jason F.
Currently, the car is heading towards Mars’ orbit and the asteroid belt according to a tweet by Musk:
“This is the kind of thing that only Elon Musk would do.” Said junior Dave G.
According to BBC, the original trajectory was to put the car in Mars’ orbit, but that has since changed. As Elon Musk stated in his tweet, it is going to exceed Mars’ orbit, putting it near the asteroid belt.
“I wonder what the car will look like after it passes through the asteroid belt?” Asks freshman Maddie G.
As of this launch, the Falcon Heavy becomes the most capable launch vehicle available.
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