Elon Musk’s ‘Starman’ makes its first complete orbit around the Sun

An image of SpaceX’s Tesla Roadster after being launched into space. (AFP Relaxnews pic)

On Sunday, Elon Musk’s famed Tesla Roadster – launched into space by SpaceX and driven by a mannequin dressed in a spacesuit – completed its first trip around the sun.

On Sunday, 557 days after Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster into space, the car and its driver – a mannequin named ‘Starman’ dressed in a spacesuit – have completed their first complete orbit around the sun together, according to the tracking site Where Is Roadster.

According to the website, at the time of orbit completion, Starman and his Roadster had travelled over 1.22 billion kilometres, travelling over 120,000 kph.

If the music was still playing, Starman would have listened to ‘Space Odyssey’ over 150,000 times and ‘Is there Life on Mars?’ over 200,000 times.

Unfortunately, Earthlings won’t be seeing the vehicle and its passenger anytime soon, as its next close approach to Earth isn’t expected until November 6, 2020, with the following not taking place until March 30, 2021.