Last week, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket in operation. It was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The payload was the car of SpaceX’s founder and CEO Elon Musk, a red Tesla Roadster with a dummy called Starman behind the wheel. The launch was more than successful and now the car is leaving the orbit. Today on Valentine’s Day we are bidding a final goodbye to Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster.
After being in space for a week now, the car will dim out of the view of smaller telescopes as it’s leaving Earth’s orbit. Falcon Heavy, the rocket that sent the car into space can generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust on liftoff. That is equivalent of 18 jumbo jets.
Musk originally posted a tweet saying that as a result of the successful third burn, the car will be headed towards the asteroid belt. However, according to the report by The Verge, Musk’s estimate is premature. Apparently, the car will reach roughly 160 million miles from the sun, which is not enough to reach the asteroid belt, as it begins at roughly 200 million miles from the sun.