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

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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.

Reviewed by Lee Cavendish

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