Washington, November 6 (EUROPA PRESS) .- The electric car and mannequin driver, having worn a space suit launched on February 6 at the opening mission of the Space X Falcon Heavy rocket, crossed the orbit of Mars.
"Starman's current location. Next stop, the restaurant at the end of the universe," SpaceX published on a Twitter account with a trajectory diagram.
The second sentence of this tweet, according to Space.com, leads the late writer Douglas Adams. His second novel "The Guide of the Hitchhiker's Galaxy" in his five-episode series, "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe".
SpaceX, the founder and CEO of Elon Musk, is a great admirer of the "Hitchhiker's Guide", as evidenced by the Tesla Roadster car, which uses the Starman manikin. The car's entertainment screen "Don't panic!" – Adams series is programmed to read the statement adorning the cover of the electronic name of the same name.
"Starman" is also a cultural reference; The name of David Bowie's 1972 song. And before Musk was released, he said the Roadster would play "Space Oddity" in 1969 at full speed during his journey through deep space (Starman couldn't hear the famous melody in airless vacuum). Eventually, Musk chose "Life on Mars" from Bowie as the farewell music for Starman and Tesla.
Starman and his car will not be forever beyond Mars. As you can see in the diagram, the pair will retreat in its own orbital orbit, with the Sun arriving close to the Earth.
According to an orbital modeling study, the Roadster and Starman will reach several hundred thousand kilometers from our planet in 2091. The authors of this study have determined that the vehicle will probably be hit by Venus or the World in tens of millions of years. The chance of a collision with the Earth in the next million years will be a 6 percent chance of collision with Venus.