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Today Elon Musk made history, successfully launching Falcon Heavy with a Tesla Roadster in payload

...into space and onto a billion year orbit around Mars! :new_uklia

According to SpaceX, "The Roadster will coast, exposed, in a hyperbolic orbit on its way to — and eventually beyond — Mars at around seven miles per second."



Perhaps it ought to be renamed "Roadstar" or nicknamed "Celica", meaning heavenly or celestial.



Note: the animation shows the Roadster getting closer to Mars than in real life.
 

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Today Elon Musk made history, successfully launching Falcon Heavy with a Tesla Roadster in payload

...into space and onto a billion year orbit around Mars! :new_uklia

It could be semantics, but the first electric vehicle, the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) or as popularly dubbed, "Lunar Rover" was actually a "moon buggy".


Musk's Tesla Roadster will be the first car that was built to be driven on Earth to be launched into space, but for the first car to leave the planet, you need to look back almost half a century.

The first and last time that a car ventured beyond Earth was aboard NASA's three last Apollo missions to the moon. The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV, or lunar rover) helped expand the ground that the Apollo astronauts could cover while exploring the lunar surface.

Built by Boeing and General Motors, the latter providing the rover's wheels, motor and suspension, the Apollo astronauts' car drew its power from two silver-zinc potassium hydroxide non-rechargeable batteries and had a range of 57 miles (92 kilometers).

By comparison, the Tesla Roadster uses a lithium-ion power pack with a range of 244 miles (393 km). But the Roadster won't be driving on its space voyage.
 

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Project Nebula

Now for something a li'l more 'down to earth' :sarcasm:




'Project Nebula' hypercar will be limited to 99 units

A few critical details have emerged on what could be the world's fastest production car — and we're not talking about the Bugatti Chiron.

Aston Martin is currently working with Red Bull to make the extreme machine, which is alternately called AM-RB 001 and "Project Nebula." Up until now, precious little has been revealed about the car apart from an abstract sketch (pictured above) and the fact that legendary F1 engineer Adrian Newey is involved. Red Bull, of course, loves doing extreme things and has a seemingly limitless font of cash from which to draw, so Nebula is not to be taken lightly — and it comes at a time when the outrageous Chiron is expected to reclaim the world's-fastest-car title when it goes for the record in the next year or two.

IT COULD COST NEARLY $5 MILLION

But now, we know a little bit more, thanks to a customer event at the Monaco Grand Prix and some comments from Aston CEO Andy Palmer. Autocar reports that the AM-RB 001 will be limited to just 99 units. That's a small run, even by hypercar standards (for comparison, Bugatti is going to make 500 Chirons). It won't be sold in all of Aston's markets, because getting the car approved for sale everywhere just isn't practical when you're talking about such a low volume. (Much of Europe and the Middle East are likely destinations, of course — but beyond that, it's anyone's guess.)

It's also reported that Nebula will have a hybrid drivetrain of some sort, though specifics haven't been revealed. The car — which is being designed for simplicity and a singular focus on speed — is expected to weigh just a little more than top-tier LMP1 race cars like those running at Le Mans this weekend. That doesn't leave much wiggle room for heavy battery packs.

But apart from the spectacle of the car and the engineering challenge that it faces, it doesn't really matter for most of us: Autocar says it'll cost somewhere between £2 and £3 million ($2.9 million and $4.3 million), which will make it one of the most expensive new cars ever made. Amazingly, you can still spend much more than that on vintage cars, if your pockets are deep enough.
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Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster, which launched out of Falcon Heavy, is going farther out into the Solar System than originally planned.

The car was supposed to be in an orbit that would take it out to the distance of Mars, but the rocket carrying the car seems to have overshot its trajectory, putting the Tesla beyond the Red Planet’s asteroid belt. According to scientists, who hope to send vehicles into deep space some day, avoiding the asteroid belt is actually good news.

The next time the Roadster gets anywhere close to Earth is in March of 2021 when it passes within 28 million miles of our planet, about 160 million miles away from the Sun.



SpaceX hopes to beat NASA on a planned 'manned' mission to Mars.
 

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Tesla stock is highly inflated compared to conventional automakers (i.e. $280 vs $11 Ford). Recent studies suggest that Tesla may not survive the long haul in sales as current craftsmanship (esp body parts) is not on par with other technology they produce.
 
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