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ime flies while you’re floating through space’s frigid, hostile environments. It’s been five years since SpaceX launched its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time. Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster was sent into space on February 6, 2018. It is still available.

Since then, a lot has transpired. Musk’s Twitter account. There has been a lot of Starship development. There have been numerous Falcon 9 launches. More Falcon Heavy launches are on the way. The crimson car and a mannequin named Starman have been in orbit around the sun throughout. What is its current location? There’s a helpful website that will show you how.

Whereisroadster.com has been documenting the car’s passage through space since 2018. Creator Ben Pearson stated the Roadster was due to “cross the orbit of Mars for the fourth time since it launched” as the car marked its fifth anniversary in space. The automobile takes around 557 days to orbit the sun. Pearson’s research shows that Tesla has exceeded its 36,000-mile warranty over 70,050 times.

Researchers had already evaluated the possibility of the car colliding with Earth in a million years as being only 6%. The Roadster will also have a close(ish) encounter with Earth in 2091 when it will pass within a few hundred thousand miles (a few hundred thousand kilometers) of the planet where it was created.

Space is a hostile environment, thus the roadster and its pilot are most likely bruised at this point. What will happen to it in the end? It may be doomed to wander the solar system, or perhaps humanity will go find it and put it in a museum someday. Is anyone interested in a little used, well-traveled electric vehicle?

A dedicated website called Where Is Roadster has been established up to track the car’s progress, and as of this writing, on the afternoon of 7 February, it’s 203,276,831 miles away from Earth and traveling toward us at a pace of 6,646 miles per hour.

The automobile is also 280,272,712 miles from Mars and 136,725,234 miles from the Sun, however, these distances are continually changing as it travels.

Location of the Tesla on February 2023 (Source: WhereisRodster)

According to the website, the vehicle has gone 63.2 times around the world in the last five years, achieving a fuel economy of 20,021.7 miles per gallon while doing so.

The Tesla is occupied by Starman, a mannequin who, according to the site, could have listened to David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ 496,328 times in one ear while listening to ‘Is There Life On Mars?’ 668,781 times in the other.

Since launch, he has completed approximately 3.2797 orbits around the Sun.

While it’s entertaining to imagine the inanimate spaceman floating in the red automobile, it’s difficult to say whether the car is still in one piece.

It’s certainly plausible that the vehicle was involved in a space collision and was hit by a meteoroid, or that it was completely corroded as a result of radiation.

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