One Year Later A Look Back At The First Falcon Heavy Launch & Where Is Starman?
One year ago today SpaceX launched its first Falcon Heavy rocket and with it Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster into space along with it's passenger Starman, all while listening to David Bowie's Space Oddity.
When writing that back out, or you for reading it, it seems like such a strange thing, but yes that did indeed happen in 2018. It was a pretty impressive feat. Not only did the Falcon Heavy get off the ground, something even Elon Musk didn't know if it would happen, but the rocket sent the Tesla on a path to the red planet.
Now one year later thanks to Ben Pearsons whereistheroadster.com we can see Starman and the Tesla Roadster are currently 364,393,644km (226,423,581 miles) from the earth and won't be coming back until 2091.
I personally still find it amazing to watch the footage of the Falcon Heavy liftoff, and the moment that fairing opens to show the roadster orbiting the earth with Space Oddity playing is just something out of a child's imagination.
SpaceX plans on launching two more Falcon Heavy rockets in 2019, though neither will have as much fan fair, but the company will launch its first Commercial Crew into space this year which should be another massive event as SpaceX is on track to become the first private company in the world to bring passengers to the International Space Station.