Astronomers said the trajectory of the sports car Mask

Astronomers said the trajectory of the sports car Mask

MOSCOW, 12 Feb — RIA Novosti. Sports car “Tesla”, bred into orbit last week, actually heading not in the direction of the asteroid belt, and flies towards Mars, who played the original purpose of this “space car,” reports Live Science.


“Orbit, takes “Tesla” in the asteroid belt, was computed by mistake. Experts SpaceX used the wrong parameter C3, the speed needed to overcome Earth’s attraction. This is understandable, as the company, which sells missiles, is more important than the value of this parameter, not how it should be used,” said Jonathan McDowell (Jonathan McDowell), a popular blogger and astrophysicist from Harvard University (USA).

Last Wednesday in space, was sent the first “space vehicle” sports car “Tesla”, owned by Elon musk, founder of SpaceX. This machine has been bred into Earth orbit and sent on an endless journey towards Mars and the asteroid belt aboard a experimental heavy rocket Falcon Heavy, which accomplished the first successful flight.

The car owner was not empty because of its wheel sat a mannequin, named “star man” in honor of one of the songs from the fifth album by the British rock musician David Bowie. When the car went into orbit, his “passenger” was celebrated this accomplishment, losing two Bowie songs, “Space Oddity” and “Life on Mars?”on the audio system of the car.

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Initially, as noted by Musk himself, his car had to go in multi-month flight to Mars, and to fly at a small distance from its surface. After launch, according to the entrepreneur, those hopes did not come true — the trajectory of “Tesla” had to take the car to the side of the asteroid belt located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2018

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As the calculations of McDowell, it is not — in fact, Tesla will indeed become the first car to reach the environs of Mars in the history of mankind.

According to him, the Roadster Mask will reach the orbit of the red planet in July of this year, and will fly at the distance of about 110 million kilometers from Mars.

As close as possible “space” Roadster fly up to Mars October 2020, when the distance between him and the red planet will be only 7 million miles. This, according to the astronomer, would not be sufficient for stable or palustrine orbit around Mars is at this distance, its gravity would be too weak to capture the “Tesla”.

In other words, we can say that the initial plans of the Mask will be implemented only partially — the car will really fly to Mars, but will not be able to become an artificial satellite, as promised to the businessman in December last year.