By The MINDANAO SUN Team
Starman, the mannequin onboard Tesla’s Roadster, had survived in deep space and cruised by Mars for the first time.
The spacesuit-clad mannequin onboard Tesla’s Roadster had left Earth on February 2018 as a payload of SpaceX powerful Falcon Heavy Rocket.
SpaceX in a tweets said Starman “made its first close approach to Mars on October 7, a day after the Red Planet was at its nearest point to Earth.
Starman, last seen leaving Earth, made its first close approach with Mars today—within 0.05 astronomical units, or under 5 million miles, of the Red Planet pic.twitter.com/gV8barFTm7
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 7, 2020
Starman and its space vehicle, according to the tracking site whereisroadster.com, circles the Sun once every 557 Earth days.
The duo are likely to barrel either back to Earth or Venus millions of years from now, rocket orbit-modelling experts said.
Experts, however, said the chance it will barrel back to Earth is only 6 percent and 2.5 percent to Venus.
For a spacesuit surviving the harsh deep space is alone a feat, a good news for humans inside spacesuits travelling in space.
Cosmic radiation could have ripped the spacesuit. But not the one with Starman.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the Starman spacesuit is the “actual production design” astronauts will wear in future space missions. He did not reveal, however, the spec of the spacesuit.
Two years after it left the Earth, Starman has showed the spacesuit works.