SpaceX’s Starman and his Roadster send their last selfie

By : |February 8, 2018 0

SpaceX founder Elon Musk released Starman and his Roasdter’s final selfie from a camera on the rocket’s second stage showing the space-suited driver Starman outbound with an increasingly distant crescent Earth in the background.

When SpaceX successfully launched the world’s most powerful rocket, it achieved another feat along with it- of launching world’s first car into space. The striking image of Tesla and the suited up spaceman made for a thrilling watch for millions across the world.

“The battery’s going to last about 12 hours from launch, roughly,” Elon Musk had said at a press conference yesterday. “After that it’s just going to be out there in deep space for maybe millions, maybe billions of years, who knows? Maybe discovered by some alien race that’ll be like, ‘What were they doing? Did they worship this car?’ Why did they have a little car in the car?’”

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Musk also revealed a secret message printed onto the car’s circuits, hidden in the hopes that it might one day be read by aliens. The message read: “Made on Earth by humans”.

Though some saw PR stunt in Musk’s decision to send Tesla to the space, the tech entrepreneur saw it as pure fun. “It’s silly and fun, but silly and fun things are important,” he said. “It’s literally a normal car in space. I like the absurdity of that. Normally they’d launch a block of concrete or something, that’s boring.” And of course, Musk had promised this launch to be anything but boring.

Starman and the car will continue their slow outward movement, and will eventually cross the orbit of Mars and then enter the asteroid belt, where it seems likely it’s going to get nailed by one of the many, many rocks there. But depending on the angle of its orbit, it might also leave the ecliptic and avoid death by smashing.

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