Elon Musk’s space Roadster just passed Mars

Elon Musk says Tesla’s looking to establish a ‘partial presence’ in India by 2019

Elon Musk says Tesla’s looking to establish a ‘partial presence’ in India by 2019

On Feb. 14, we watched Starman disappear into deep space, after being carried carried into orbit by SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, which launched its maiden flight and landed two of its three main boosters back on Earth - we were there. Nine months later, the sportscar passed Mars' orbit as SpaceX tweeted on Friday.

Elon Musk last month said his tunnel construction company was almost finished with its proof-of-concept, a two-mile-long tunnel that stretches from SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, to an LA suburb.

One tracking website reported the auto was more than 289 million kilometres away from Earth, and had travelled far enough to drive all the world's roads 16.4 times.

On November 8, Starman will be at its maximum distance from the sun, after which its orbit will marginally shrink over hundreds of years.

As of today, almost nine months since the launch, Starman has exceeded its 36,000 mile (57,900km) warranty over 10 thousand times by traveling a distance equivalent to 16.4 times the combined length of every road on Earth.