Elon Musk’s Tesla Blasts Past Mars Orbit And Is On A Collision Course With An Asteroid Belt

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center

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Elon Musk‘s Tesla Roadster missed its exit for the Mars orbit and is now on a collision course with an asteroid belt. Does car insurance cover asteroid damage? The Tesla Roadster, which is “driven” by a mannequin called “Starman,” was brought into space by the SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday afternoon.

The plan was for the Tesla Roadster to be thrust into an elliptical orbit around the Sun, that extends out to Mars. However, the Falcon Heavy rocket overshot the intended orbit. The final engine burn on the rocket was stronger than expected and propelled the $100,000 car into an orbit that will pass through an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Musk tweeted, “Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt”.

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