Where is Telsa’s Starman?

On February 6, 2018, at 2045 UTC, the first Falcon Heavy was launched into space. It contained a very special payload- a Tesla Roadster with Starman.

But where is this vehicle? The current location is 203,837,502 miles (328,044,762 km, 2.193 AU, 18.24 light minutes) from Earth, moving toward Earth at a speed of 18,756 mi/h (30,184 km/h, 8.38 km/s).

The car is 90,671,738 miles (145,922,063 km, 0.975 AU, 8.11 light minutes) from Mars, moving toward the planet at a speed of 9,603 mi/h (15,454 km/h, 4.29 km/s).

The car is 149,430,277 miles (240,484,795 km, 1.608 AU, 13.37 light minutes) light minutes from the Sun, moving away from the star at a speed of 6,842 mi/h (11,011 km/h, 3.06 km/s).

The car has exceeded its 36,000 mile warranty 29,614.4 times while driving around the Sun, (1,066,119,513 miles, 1,715,753,572 km, 11.47 AU) moving at a speed of 46,644 mi/h (75,066 km/h, 20.85 km/s). The orbital period is about 557 days.

It has achieved a fuel economy of 8,461.3 miles per gallon (3,597.3 km/liter, 0.02780 liters/100 km), assuming 126,000 gallons of fuel.

If the battery was still working, Starman has listened to Space Oddity 208,809 times since he launched in one ear, and to Is there Life On Mars? 281,362 times in his other ear.

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Starman has completed about 1.380 orbits around the Sun since launch.

A telescope about 48,145 ft (14,675 m) in diameter would be required to resolve the Upper stage from Earth. A smaller one could see him as an unresolved dot, about 92.6 ft (28.2 m) in diameter, in ideal conditions.

The vehicle has traveled far enough to drive all of the world’s roads 47.2 times.

It has been 2 years, 1 month, 9 days, 8 hours, 49 minutes and 33 seconds since launch.