Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster reaches its farthest point from the Sun

A launch-day photo of Starman leaving Earth orbit.

Enlarge / A launch-day
photo of Starman leaving Earth orbit. (credit: SpaceX)

Since
its launch
on February 6 atop a Falcon Heavy rocket, Elon
Musk’s cherry-red Tesla Roadster and its “passenger” Starman have
been moving away from the Sun.

Today, according to the Where is Roadster? website, the vehicle has
reached its first apogee from the Sun at a distance of 1.66
Astronomical Units. (1 AU is the average Earth-Sun distance, or
149.6 million km.)

According to Ben Pearson, who runs the site, the Tesla’s
position should be accurate to better than a day, but it is
impossible to know for sure. The data on the Tesla’s orbit comes
from NASA and tracking by ground telescopes for the first six weeks
after launch when the Falcon Heavy’s upper stage, and the Tesla,
were still relatively close to Earth.

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Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster reaches its farthest point from the Sun