Elon Musk’s Tesla, Starman fly past Mars 2 years after SpaceX launch

  • In February 2018, SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster owned by the company’s founder, Elon Musk, into deep space.
  • The electric vehicle, which has a spacesuit-clad “Starman” dummy in the driver’s seat, just made its first flyby of Mars.
  • To Starman, Mars would have appeared to be about one-tenth the size of the moon as seen from Earth, the astronomer Jonathan McDowell said.
  • The vehicle and its unlikely passenger, launched on the upper stage of a Falcon Heavy rocket, may travel for millions of years before crashing, most likely back into Earth.
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An electric car that Elon Musk rocketed into space more than two years ago just flew past Mars for the first time.

SpaceX, the rocket company Musk founded, launched his old Tesla Roadster aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket in February 2018 with a spacesuit-wearing dummy named “Starman” at the wheel.

The car

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SpaceX Starman dummy finally makes it to Mars in Elon Musk’s red Tesla

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Starman abides.


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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.

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More Silicon, Less Cobalt Is Musk’s Recipe for Cheaper Batteries

(Bloomberg Businessweek) — At his first Battery Day event, Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk said a lower-priced car will come in the next three years.



a car parked in a parking lot: Tesla vehicle at a charging station in San Mateo, Calif.


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Tesla vehicle at a charging station in San Mateo, Calif.



a car parked in a parking lot: Tesla vehicle at a charging station in San Mateo, Calif.


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Tesla vehicle at a charging station in San Mateo, Calif.

Reducing—specifically halving—manufacturing costs of lithium-ion batteries was the overarching theme of the event. That reduction will enable a cheaper model—a “dream from the very beginning,” Musk said. Tesla aims to eventually produce 20 million of these fully autonomous vehicles per year, but he didn’t give a clear time frame for achieving this goal. The battery innovations include the following:



a car parked in a parking lot: Tesla vehicles at a charging station in San Mateo, Calif.


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Tesla vehicles at a charging station in San Mateo, Calif.

1. More Silicon, Less Cobalt

Musk focused on the two materials used in a battery’s electrodes (the anode and the cathode,

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Tesla’s ‘Battery Day’: All of Elon Musk’s announcements and highlights

  • Tesla’s delayed shareholder meeting and “Battery Day” kicked off on Tuesday afternoon outside the company’s Fremont, California, factory.
  • Following a short formal portion of the meeting, CEO Elon Musk gave a review of the company’s progress over the past year with heavy emphasis on software and manufacturing. 
  • Musk touted new battery improvements that could make manufacturing cheaper and provide more power.
  • He also announced a yet-to-be-named future Tesla car that will be priced at $25,000 and a $140,000 “Plaid” version of its Model S.
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Elon Musk and other Tesla executives held an unusual outdoor version of the company’s annual shareholder meeting and a “Battery Day” presentation on Tuesday afternoon in Fremont, California.

Among the touted advancements in power technology and manufacturing, Musk announced a yet-to-be-named $25,000 Tesla car was in the works thanks to the cost savings in battery production that will touch

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