Good news for Starman: Spacefaring Tesla Roadster will miss Mars and asteroids

The Tesla and driver are in an orbit that will go just outside the orbit of Mars.

It took a day or two, but astronomers have figured out where the Tesla Roadster launched into deep space aboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is going. And it’s not the planet Mars or the asteroid belt.

Observations of the Roadster, which has a spacesuit-clad mannequin named Starman riding in the driver’s seat, indicate that it’s in an elliptical orbit around the sun that will take it just outside the orbit of Mars and then back to slightly within Earth’s orbital distance.

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If you run out the orbit over the foreseeable future, it’s not on a path to run into Earth, or Mars, or any asteroids.

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