SpaceX’s Starman and Elon Musk’s Tesla just made their 1st Mars flyby | Space

SpaceX’s Starman mannequin sits inside Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster with Earth in the background, shortly after the initial launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6, 2018. (Image credit: SpaceX)

Starman got less than 5 million miles from the Red Planet.

Starman just cruised by Mars for the first time.

The spacesuit-clad mannequin is “driving” SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster, which launched in February 2018 on the debut flight of the company’s powerful Falcon Heavy rocket. And the duo just hit a big milestone on their cosmic journey.

“Starman, last seen leaving Earth, made its first close approach with Mars today — within 0.05 astronomical units, or under 5 million miles, of the Red Planet,” SpaceX announced via Twitter Wednesday (Oct. 7). (One astronomical unit is the average Earth-sun distance — about 93 million miles, or 150 million kilometers.)

https://www.space.com/spacex-starman-tesla-mars-flyby

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