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Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster spotted floating in space

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Roadster, the car tied to Heavy rocket by to be inserted into the Mars orbit, was caught "zooming" in space by an observatory in Arizona, US.

CEO Elon Musk's car is being tracked by the Virtual Telescope Project of in as it ventures beyond the Moon's orbit, reported.

The car, with a dummy driver, was originally intended to be inserted into an orbit that would fly closer to Mars but the third engine burn of the Heavy upper stage "exceeded" that orbit, sending the car into deep space, had said earlier this week.

The new observation of the Roadster, obtained by a robotically controlled telescope, showed the car moving across the night sky.

"In its current orbit around the Sun, the car will travel between 91.3 million and 161.5 million miles (147 million and 260 million km) from the star," Virtual Telescope Project was quoted as saying.

Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project and of the were able to pinpoint the car's location by using data generated by the at

The project said that was "quite bright".

It released a showing the Tesla moving across space, looking a lot like a comet or asteroid. The strings together 54 images captured by Tenagra, CNET reported.

The car, owned by Musk, would eventually settle into its own orbital path around the Sun and not end up in pieces on the red planet.



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 17:16 IST