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Space Oddity

SpaceX’s Starman Just Orbited the Sun for the First Time

August 19th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Off World
SpaceX/Victor Tangermann

A Star, Man

In February 2018, SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster into space, with a test dummy it dubbed Starman behind the wheel.

According to the tracking website Where is Roadster?, Starman has since traveled 1.2 billion kilometers (763.9 million miles) — and has now completed one full orbit around the Sun.

Still Going

The orbit took 557 days, which is long enough for the Roadster’s radio to play David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” a mind-numbing 151,887 times.

Starman is currently 298 million kilometers (185 million miles) away from Earth. But in November 2020, it’ll sail within 32.3 million miles of its home planet. After that, the dummy will be far from Earth until 2047 — assuming the Roadster survives all the possible disasters it could encounter in the cold depths of space along the way.

READ MORE: Tesla Roadster with ‘Starman’ completes first orbit around the sun [Electrek]

More on the Roadster: The Falcon Heavy Just Launched Successfully. Next Stop, Mars.