Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster has successfully completed its first orbit around the sun after being launched into space inside the fairings on top of the second stage of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. This is just a path it needs to take on its way to Mars. According to the SpaceX team, the car is 70,093,131 miles (112,803,994 km, 0.754 AU, 6.27 light minutes) from Mars, moving toward the planet at a speed of 26,628 mi/h (42,854 km/h, 11.90 km/s). Read more for a video and additional information.
Yes, this vehicle has a payload, starting with driver’s seat is “Starman”, a full-scale human mannequin clad in a SpaceX pressure spacesuit. There’s also a copy of Douglas Adams’ novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in the glovebox, a Hot Wheels miniature Roadster with a miniature figure, a plaque bearing the names of the employees who worked on the project placed underneath the car, and a message on the vehicle’s circuit board reads “Made on Earth by humans”.