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Old November 5th, 2018, 17:42   #1
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I just saw on the news where a Tesla Roadster that was launched into space earlier this year just passed mars. Open cockpit with a mannequin in a spacesuit.
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Yup, here's a quick cut of video taken at the launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0FZIwabctw
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Old November 7th, 2018, 08:26   #3
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I am glad you posted that, I was beginning to think I was hallucinating
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I'm pretty sure Elon Musk hallucinated it, and then made it happen.
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They used fossil fuels to launch it.
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Old November 7th, 2018, 11:30   #6
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I just saw on the news where a Tesla Roadster that was launched into space earlier this year just passed mars. Open cockpit with a mannequin in a spacesuit.
Actually it is slightly inaccurate to say it just passed Mars. It didn't get very close to Mars at all. It would be more accurate to say that it just passed Mars's orbit. It is now farther from the sun that Mars is. This was an expensive advertising stunt but since it is still in the news, I guess it was an effective one.

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Nope they didn't. Even the 3rd stage fuel is man made
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Actually it is slightly inaccurate to say it just passed Mars. It didn't get very close to Mars at all. It would be more accurate to say that it just passed Mars's orbit. It is now farther from the sun that Mars is. This was an expensive advertising stunt but since it is still in the news, I guess it was an effective one.

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Actually it is slightly inaccurate to say it just passed Mars. It didn't get very close to Mars at all. It would be more accurate to say that it just passed Mars's orbit. It is now farther from the sun that Mars is. This was an expensive advertising stunt but since it is still in the news, I guess it was an effective one.

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I'd call it cheap and effective advertising. It really only cost as much as the used roadsters value and a handful of go pro cameras. A dummy load used instead probably would have cost nearly as much. Judging by the crowds that gathered at Cape Canaveral, a lot of people were quite excited by the launch.
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I'd call it cheap and effective advertising. It really only cost as much as the used roadsters value and a handful of go pro cameras. A dummy load used instead probably would have cost nearly as much. Judging by the crowds that gathered at Cape Canaveral, a lot of people were quite excited by the launch.
The Space X team made a nice little montage clip;

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Aw... you beat me to it... love that clip!

I think the nearly simultaneous landing was almost more impressive than the launch.

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When I saw that, I thought it was an optical illusion or reflection or something. My mind couldn't process 2 massive rockets landing simultaneously.

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Funny thing is, they removed a bunch of stuff from the car, much of what makes it a "Tesla", so... they launched a Lotus into space sans the Toyota powertrain.

But it was a fun thing for a mega-gajillionaire and his disciples to get enthused about. So that's cool.

To me the best part of the whole project is the reusable boosters that can land themselves. For getting non-human stuff into space quickly, the FH is the ticket. Russians are working on something even bigger.
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