Elon Musk's space Roadster just passed Mars

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Tesla's CEO Elon Musk tweeted about the expansion plans after the company posted a profit of $311.5 million in the September quarter. "Over the weekend, SpaceX revealed that Starman has made it past Mars" orbit, which was one of the loftier goals for the test launch.

And now it's passed Mars, the next stop is (of course) the restaurant at the end of the universe.

The orbit of Starman and its Tesla Roadster.

SpaceX made a decision to use Starman and a Tesla Roadster for the test payload-instead of a traditional one like a concrete block-in part because it was fun, but also to test the prototype spacesuit Starman is wearing. The initial mission sent Musk's personal electric auto into space, with a spacesuit-equipped dummy in the driver's seat and David Bowie's "Space Oddity" playing on loop. A "Don't Panic" sticker, a famous phrase from Adams' masterpiece, sits on the car's dashboard. The red electric auto was the test payload for the maiden voyage of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket.

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In February this year, SpaceX tested its new Falcon Heavy rocket by launching some very unconventional cargo in space.

Tesla and Musk, its billionaire chief executive, have pushed back strongly against a Wall Street Journal report last week that the FBI was pursuing a deepening criminal investigation into Tesla. At 34,597 miles per hour (55,678km per hour), this is definitely the fastest roadster the Earth ― and the solar system ― has ever seen.

Starman is expected to continue cruising in space for years to come.

When it does crash into a planet, Starman and its Tesla Roadster will blaze in the atmosphere. The publisher cited an, which suggested the Roadster could possibly even collide with either Venus or Earth - but not for at least 1 million years.

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