New Delhi: As Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster that was sent to an orbit around Mars took a different trajectory well beyond its destination, a space observatory in Arizona, US caught it ‘zooming’ in space.
The car with a dummy driver dubbed ‘Starman’ was tied to the Falcon Heavy rocket by SpaceX and was originally intended to be inserted into an orbit that would fly closer to Mars but the third engine burn of the Falcon Heavy upper stage “exceeded” that orbit, sending the car into deep space, Elon Musk had said earlier this week.
The Roadster is being tracked by the Virtual Telescope Project of Tenagra Observatory in Arizona as it ventures beyond the Moon’s orbit, Space.com reported.
The new observation of the Roadster, obtained by a robotically controlled telescope, showed the car moving across the night sky.
“In its current orbit around the Sun, the car will travel between 91.3 million and 161.5 million miles (147 million and 260 million km) from the star,” Virtual…