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SpaceX’s Tesla Roadster Makes its First Close Approach with Mars

On Wednesday, Tesla roadster,  "driven" by a mannequin dubbed "Starman",  made its first close approach with Mars,  coming within 5 million miles of the planet. 
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On Wednesday, Tesla roadster,  “driven” by a mannequin dubbed “Starman”,  made its first close approach with Mars,  coming within 5 million miles of the planet. 

news - SpaceX's Tesla Roadster Makes its First Close Approach with Mars

“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”, Tesla’s Twitter account said.

According to whereisroadster.com, the vehicle has traveled nearly 1.3 billion miles since launching nearly 2 years and 8 months ago. However, it will be some time before it comes close to Earth again.

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics calculated,  the  Tesla roadster with Starman will pass about 5 million km from Earth in the year 2047. Starman could one day crash-land back on Earth. 

Based on calculations made in the University of Toronto in Canada, the  vehicle has a 6% chance of crashing on Earth in the next million years and a 2.5% chance of crashing on Venus.

 

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