Starman has finally made it to the red planet — sort of.
It’s been over two and a half years since SpaceX successfully demonstrated its Falcon Heavy launch system. Rather than using a hunk of concrete or some other sort of ballast for a test payload, Elon Musk offered up his cherry red Tesla piloted by a dummy in a spacesuit named Starman.
Starman was set on a trajectory toward Mars, the planet Musk hopes to help transform into a new destination for humans in the coming decades.
Just over 32 months later, the Tesla finally made its first close pass by Mars on Wednesday, according to a tweet from SpaceX.