As promised, Elon Musk launched Tesla Roadster on the top of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy yesterday. The car was actually meant to be despatched into an elliptical orbit around the Sun and then to Mars. However, the Space X overshot the Falcon Heavy’s third booster burn, eventually sending the Roadster farther into the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
The rocket was launched at 3:45 p.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with Elon Musk’s cherry red Telsa Roadster on it which cruised through space for 6 hours. Also, a space-suited mannequin called Starman was seated in the driver seat and a radio which play David Bowie soundtrack on a loop.
Following the launch, Musk tweeted: “Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt”.
“I had this image of just a giant explosion on the pad, a wheel bouncing down the road. But fortunately, that’s not what happened,” told SpaceX CEO after the event.
Later the launch, a diagram was sent by Starman featuring the orbit of Roadster which clearly depicts that the Tesla deviated from its orbit and gone further into the Solar system i.e, into the asteroid belt.