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SpaceX's Starman Roadster Has Ventured Past Mars

Don't expect it to come back home for a while.
SpaceX's Starman Roadster Has Ventured Past Mars
Image credit: SpaceX, Flickr via engadget
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This story originally appeared on Engadget

Starman and its Tesla Roadster are officially a long, long way from home. SpaceX has confirmed that Falcon Heavy's test payload has passed Mars' orbit, putting it at one of its greatest distances away from the Sun (it should reach its far point on Nov. 8 at 1.66AU, or 155 million miles). While it isn't about to rendezvous with Mars, this is no mean feat for an EV-toting mannequin. And you might want to remember this moment -- it's going to be a long time before Starman is close to Earth.

According to models by Ben Pearson, the spaceborne dummy won't make a close approach to Earth until two years from now on Nov. 4, 2020, and even then it'll be 0.35AU (32 million miles) away. It'll be much closer to Mars, getting within 0.05AU (4.6 million miles) on Oct. 6 of that year. You may not see a truly close Earth visit until 2091. Short of a purposeful encounter or an unexpected collision, Starman could be quite lonely for thousands or even millions of years.

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