Space Tesla launched yesterday hurtles dangerously off course towards asteroid belt

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Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch sees trouble as Tesla car they shot into space heads to asteroid belt

Where are the breaks on this thing?

You know what they say, in space no one can hear you asking for directions.

On Wednesday Elon Musk, the closest thing we have to a real-life Bond villain and dude behind organisations like Space X and Tesla, launched the Falcon Heavy into orbit. 

The Falcon Heavy is now considered the most powerful rocket in the world, with 27 engines coming together to create 5 million pounds of thrust during liftoff. The launch marked the first time a vehicle of the Falcon Heavy's massive size has been launched by a private company. It was also a test to see if the Falcon Heavy would be able to put objects into orbit, which is what Musk hopes to use it for in the future.

To test this out he loaded the Falcon Heavy with... a car. Yep, in April last year Musk tweeted the Falcon Heavy's payload would be the "silliest thing" he could imagine, so he shot his Tesla Roadster into space, complete with an astronaut driver mannequin they named "Starman" (as a cute tribute to David Bowie).

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The initial plan for Starman's journey was to be shot onto a path around the sun, out to Mars' orbit, but the Tesla seems to be on cruise control and is heading out further than expected, overshooting its trajectory into orbit that goes as far as the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars.

While Musk was certain Starman and the roadster wouldn't crash into Mars, the new course may put new risks ahead for the vehicle, however, the most likely outcome is the eventual deterioration from the harsh conditions of space.

Despite the unintended road trip, the Falcon Heavy's launch was met with congratulations from the likes of Buzz Aldrin to US President Donald Trump who tweeted: 

"This achievement, along with NASA's commercial and international partners, continues to show American ingenuity at its best!"


Written By Mat Whitehead

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