Rather than endlessly road tripping in Mars’ orbit, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced his Tesla Roadster, which was launched into space atop the Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, is actually going to the Asteroid Belt.
Musk took to Twitter to say his Roadster overshot the Martian planet’s orbit after completing its final engine burn. Now, the Roadster is expected to live out its last days in an orbit between Mars and Jupiter.
Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt. pic.twitter.com/bKhRN73WHF
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2018
The Roadster was expected to orbit Mars for several years, but with a completely new trajectory, it’s unclear how long the vehicle will survive. Will it crash into a space object? Several planetary scientists haven taken to Twitter with questions.
The Roadster’s launch into space was the culmination of several years’ worth of work by SpaceX. It was the maiden voyage of Falcon Heavy, which is now officially the world’s most powerful rocket.
There are dozens of iconic images of space. Buzz Aldrin on the Moon; the Blue Marble shot; EarthRise; boot print on the Moon. Now, we can add pictures of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster floating into the dark abyss of space.