Tesla launched into space has traveled equivalent of driving all world’s roads 80 times

  • The Tesla Roadster was launched into space in 2018
  • In the driver’s seat was a mannequin called Starman wearing a spacesuit
  • In the past six years, Starman has travelled a great distance

Published on Jun 05, 2024 at 3:43 PM (UTC+4)
by Ben Thompson

Last updated on Jun 05, 2024 at 9:18 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

The Tesla Roadster that was launched into space in 2018 has now traveled the equivalent of the entirety of the world’s road system 80 times over.

It’s been six years since Tesla launched Starman into space – and he’s still waiting in the sky.

On February 6 2018, the Falcon Heavy was shot into orbit.

The rocket had a Tesla Roadster on board, with a mannequin in a spacesuit occupying the driver’s seat.

Not that the mannequin needs a spacesuit. He just looks cooler that way.

True to form, the mannequin is named Starman, a nod to the late David Bowie himself.

And as a further tribute to Ziggy Stardust himself, the mannequin had two of the late great’s hits playing in his ears.

Where is the Tesla Roadster now?

If the battery is still working, Starman will have listened to Space Oddity 627,759 times and Life On Mars? 845,879 times.

That’s a lot of Bowie for your buck.

But whereabouts is Starman?

Thanks to one website, his journey through space is constantly being monitored.

At the time of writing, Starman is approximately 67,942,983 miles away from Earth.

How far has the ‘Starman’ Tesla Roadster traveled since launch?

It’s fair to say, the car has exceeded its 36,000-mile warranty – a whopping 88,413 times – whilst orbiting the Sun.

To put that into Earthly context, that would be the equivalent of driving all of the world’s roads 79.7 times.

One hell of a road trip.

Since being launched in 2018, the car has completed 4.1482 orbits around the Sun.

It’s a shame there are no other song options for Starman.

George Harrison’s Here Comes The Sun might be a bit on the nose though.

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Ben Thompson

Ben got his start in journalism at Kennedy News and Media, writing stories for national newspapers, websites and magazines. Now working as a freelancer, he divides his time between teaching at News Associates and writing for news sites on all subjects.