Time flies when you're sailing into space.
It's hard to believe, but it's been two years since Elon Musk and SpaceX launched the billionaire's Tesla Roadster into space on a Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6, 2018.
Since then, Musk's red car, which is helmed by a spacesuit-wearing Starman, has been traveling farther and farther away. And so, it seemed like as good a time as any to find out where the sports car might be.
Luckily, there's a tool for finding out. And although SpaceX doesn't share much on the Roadster's location, programmer Ben Pearson has been trying to approximate its location for the past two years with a site called Where Is Roadster. It's hard to say for sure whether it's accurate, but it does give us a sense of where the Roadster might be.
According to the site, the Roadster is now 215.6 million miles from Earth and is traveling at a speed of more than 6,000 miles per hour. Interestingly, the Roadster is closest to Mars right now, at a distance of 96.1 million miles.
The Roadster is in an orbit that appears to be on a path back toward Earth. However, According to CNET, which earlier reported on the launch anniversary, the Roadster won't reach a near-Earth orbit until 2091.
At that point, it should be interesting to see what's left of the Roadster and Starman. While they were both designed for Earth, they were not designed for Space and everything that goes with it.
Looking for other interesting facts about the Roadster? Here you go:
- The car has a fuel economy of 8,109.4 miles per gallon, according to Where's Roadster. Not bad, Elon.
- We don't know if the battery is still working on the Roadster, but if it is, David Bowie's "Space Oddity" has been played nearly 200,000 times on loop.
- So far, the Roadster has completed 1.3 orbits around the Sun, and it'll keep going.
Here's hoping the Roadster and Starman are enjoying the trip and Earth is still here when they get back.