Track the tesla
From the streets to space, Elon Musk's Roadster is now making its way to Mars, Here's what you need to locate it
The apps and websites you need to find the first car in space
February 2018 marked a momentous occasion in space flight as Elon Musk’s SpaceX tested the launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket. This payload not only proved it is capable of sending humans back to the Moon, and even beyond, but it achieved this by also showing that its boosters can be saved and reused, potentially dropping the price of a space launch by a factor of ten.
This launch had a payload that only an eccentric billionaire could pull off: in the tip of Falcon Heavy, and now travelling towards the orbit of Mars, was one of Musk’s own Tesla Roadsters. With 'astronaut' Starman at the helm, dressed up in SpaceX’s futuristic spacesuit, the Roadster will continue in its orbit, stretching beyond Mars and back to Earth in a Hohmann transfer orbit. While it’s on its travels, the Roadster has been designated the Satellite Catalog Number, or NORAD ID, 43205 and can be tracked using different software.
All About Space has picked out two standout apps capable of tracking its movements, as well as a website dedicated to monitoring Starman’s journey. With a breakdown of these different programs, you will be able to keep up-to-date on its whereabouts as it travels through space, assuming that radiation from space hasn’t torn it apart by then.