Starman – a dummy aboard the cherry-red Tesla Roadster by space – has made its closest approach to Mars.
This electric variable with its mannequin passenger during the first test launch of the Bolted SpaceX rocket on top of the Frex heavy rocket on February 6, 2018. Are more boring than cherry-red sports cars.) Two years later, the Falcon Heavy is making its second trip around the sun at the top and at the top. Jonathan McDowell, a Harvard astronomer who tracks space objects as a side project, found that Starman traveled 7..6 million miles (.4. Million million kilometers) from Tuesday at 2:25 a.m. EDT. That’s about 19 times the distance. The earth Mars is 35 times closer to the moon, and to Earth than any other planet.
(34.8 million miles (56 million kilometers) in 2003 was the closest approach between the two planets. World Atlas, Although planets are often hundreds of millions of miles apart.)
Starman, last seen leaving Earth, made its first close approach to Mars today – within 0.05 astronomical units of the Red Planet image, or 5 million miles below, pic.twitter.com/gV8barFTm7October 7, 2020
No one can see the Falcon Heavy High at its current distance. And the weird, beautiful pictures that used to be the home of the earth are gone from time immemorial. But guessing at a few years’ orbits is straightforward, and McDowell used statistics to figure out how the rocket was moving when it went off Earth. Seriousness Behind to tell its recent movements.
The roadster-bearing rocket phase is on an asymmetric or rabbit course that takes it from Earth to the Sun at a distance of 1.66 times at one end of its journey – across the orbit of Mars – and then to the other end of the Earth’s orbit. At 99.9999 times the Earth’s sun.
The phase passed through the second Apelion of its 0.99 x 1.66 AU bit Rabbit and passed back into the orbit of Mars a few days ago. pic.twitter.com/C6b8LffPuyOctober 7, 2020
The last time Starman orbited the Sun, McDowell said, it crossed Mars, while the Red Planet was far away. But this time the crossing is lined up with a fairly close approach – although still not close enough to feel the strong tug of Martian gravity.
At this point, if you want to see the roadster, it will probably look very different. E.g. Live Science reported in 2018, Harsh sun Radiation The interplanetary atmosphere may have broken down all the organic matter (red paint, rubber tires, leather seats, and so on). Carbon bonds Which puts them together. And in addition to the Earth’s protective environment and magnetic ield shields, solid plastics in windshields and carbon fiber materials will also begin to break down. Over the decades or centuries, the car has had to be reduced to its aluminum frame and partially glazed glass – assuming that none of this space is destroyed by the effects of rocks.
Originally published on Live Science.