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(Instagram)   This is the last shot of the Tesla leaving Earth orbit. It's... beautiful   ( instagram.com) divider line
    More: Followup, Dwarf planet, Elon Musk, Roadster enroute, Planet, Mars, Mars orbit, Asteroid Belt, Ceres  
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2018-02-07 09:11:02 PM  
Take me with you, please.
 
2018-02-07 09:12:41 PM  
Elon Musk knows how to do publicity.
 
2018-02-07 09:14:00 PM  
My God...it's full of cars.
 
2018-02-07 09:17:00 PM  

dv-ous: Elon Musk knows how to do publicity.


he's getting crazy good at rockets too
 
2018-02-07 09:17:25 PM  
I love how he's doing the 'dad window-elbow'

/this stuff is so farking cool
 
2018-02-07 09:19:25 PM  
Looks like the UV has already destroyed the polycarbonate headlights
 
2018-02-07 09:20:21 PM  
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/I thought I hallucinated that movie until it returned GIS results
 
2018-02-07 09:24:02 PM  

dv-ous: Elon Musk knows how to do publicity.


And good for him. NASA had great publicity for the Apollo program. It was a point of national pride. You had everyone from Snoopy (the Beagle has Landed)...to I Dream of Jeannie, and free space books at gas stations.
While NASA didn't directly profit from those...they had a great PR program that helps spread interest in Space as something cool and exciting.

Seriously...at a time when Americans and the world only sees Trump and tears as symbols of America....it's nice to have something we can be proud of again.
 
2018-02-07 09:24:15 PM  

IgG4: Looks like the UV has already destroyed the polycarbonate headlights


The solar wind is going to be hell on the paint job.
 
2018-02-07 09:25:04 PM  

IgG4: Looks like the UV has already destroyed the polycarbonate headlights


It'll probably strip the paint off before too long.  Solar radiation is kinda a big deal.

/still amazing stuff!
 
2018-02-07 09:26:25 PM  
Crap...Now I want a Starman "hotwheels" tesla.

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2018-02-07 09:28:21 PM  

dorko16: dv-ous: Elon Musk knows how to do publicity.

he's getting crazy good at rockets too


Interesting that they "accidently" overshot the obit and, just by chance mind you, demonstrated that the Falcon Heavy can send big payloads to the asteroid belt. What a happy mistake.
 
2018-02-07 09:28:31 PM  
Teflon Coating. Teflon coating also known as anti-rust coating, is done on the surface of the car. Teflon is chemically synthesized from fluoropolymer. It is a brand originally owned by Dupont, but now has become generic to the category of PTFE paint sealants.

no worries...just stop at a local earl scheib for a re-paint on the way to Mars.....
 
2018-02-07 09:32:02 PM  

MrBallou: dorko16: dv-ous: Elon Musk knows how to do publicity.

he's getting crazy good at rockets too

Interesting that they "accidently" overshot the obit and, just by chance mind you, demonstrated that the Falcon Heavy can send big payloads to the asteroid belt. What a happy mistake.


The asteroid-mining people are all drawing up mission plans.
 
2018-02-07 09:40:11 PM  

FrancoFile: MrBallou: dorko16: dv-ous: Elon Musk knows how to do publicity.

he's getting crazy good at rockets too

Interesting that they "accidently" overshot the obit and, just by chance mind you, demonstrated that the Falcon Heavy can send big payloads to the asteroid belt. What a happy mistake.

The asteroid-mining people are all drawing up mission plans.


Getting there is comparatively "easy". Returning on the other hand...
 
2018-02-07 09:42:28 PM  

poorjon: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 390x265]

/I thought I hallucinated that movie until it returned GIS results


Radar Rider - Riggs
Youtube fbBWODsBzdo
 
2018-02-07 09:49:24 PM  

SuperTramp: poorjon: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 390x265]

/I thought I hallucinated that movie until it returned GIS results

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/fbBWODsB​zdo]


Wait, you're seeing it too?! fark! Do you get the melting people also?
 
2018-02-07 09:56:46 PM  

poorjon: SuperTramp: poorjon: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 390x265]

/I thought I hallucinated that movie until it returned GIS results

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/fbBWODsB​zdo]

Wait, you're seeing it too?! fark! Do you get the melting people also?


*shudders*
 
2018-02-07 09:57:06 PM  
hurr durr flat Erf
 
2018-02-07 09:59:18 PM  
Christ! some people already think the car is in the asteroid belt.
 
2018-02-07 10:06:23 PM  
It's great that he managed to fly straight up from the planet so the Earth still looks round.
 
2018-02-07 10:08:39 PM  

optikeye: My God...it's full of cars.


One free internet is yours, you magnificent bastard!
 
2018-02-07 10:08:52 PM  

MrBallou: dorko16: dv-ous: Elon Musk knows how to do publicity.

he's getting crazy good at rockets too

Interesting that they "accidently" overshot the obit and, just by chance mind you, demonstrated that the Falcon Heavy can send big payloads to the asteroid belt. What a happy mistake.


He's just planting his "flag" to found the Outer Planets Alliance. :)
 
2018-02-07 10:11:57 PM  

Circusdog320: Christ! some people already think the car is in the asteroid belt.


Wait, it's not traveling 6,800,000 MPH?
 
2018-02-07 10:14:06 PM  
Oh, wow, so the capsule actually opened up and shot the car out?  I figured the rocket was just going to launch the capsule on top containing the car and the car would remain inside of the capsule orbiting around Mars, or wherever it was going, I didn't realize it had a payload ejection system to actually shoot the car out once it was in space.
 
2018-02-07 10:51:19 PM  

IgG4: Looks like the UV has already destroyed the polycarbonate headlights


Oh maybe not... Looks like there is a hood over the headlights under the poly lens....
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2018-02-07 11:19:36 PM  

cretinbob: hurr durr flat Erf

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Fake.

From this angle we should see the elephants.
 
2018-02-07 11:27:57 PM  
Don't worry, it's insured!
 
2018-02-07 11:28:27 PM  

Circusdog320: Christ! some people already think the car is in the asteroid belt.


Some folks watched the Green Lantern movie too many times.
 
2018-02-07 11:33:35 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Oh, wow, so the capsule actually opened up and shot the car out?  I figured the rocket was just going to launch the capsule on top containing the car and the car would remain inside of the capsule orbiting around Mars, or wherever it was going, I didn't realize it had a payload ejection system to actually shoot the car out once it was in space.


I think it's actually mounted to the front of the assembly and was just covered with a shroud that was jettisoned once they got out of the atmosphere.
 
2018-02-07 11:36:03 PM  

fusillade762: Circusdog320: Christ! some people already think the car is in the asteroid belt.

Some folks watched the Green Lantern movie too many times.


I find that hard to believe. No one has willingly watched it more than once.
 
2018-02-07 11:38:06 PM  

revrendjim: IgG4: Looks like the UV has already destroyed the polycarbonate headlights

The solar wind is going to be hell on the paint job.


Yeah, but I'm sayin', that TruCoat, you don't get it and you get oxidization problems. It'll cost you a heck of lot more'n five hundred...
 
2018-02-07 11:44:47 PM  

MrBallou: dorko16: dv-ous: Elon Musk knows how to do publicity.

he's getting crazy good at rockets too

Interesting that they "accidently" overshot the obit and, just by chance mind you, demonstrated that the Falcon Heavy can send big payloads to the asteroid belt. What a happy mistake.


My understand is that it wasn't an accident so much as a test to find the edges of the performance envelope of the Falcon Heavy. Their goal was to reach the distance of Mars orbit, but instead of shutting engine down when they got enough delta-v to hot that orbit, they kept the second stage going until they were out of propellant.

It's a test flight after all. You want to Chuck Yeager that shiat until you find out just how high and fast it will go.
 
2018-02-08 12:05:36 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: Oh, wow, so the capsule actually opened up and shot the car out?  I figured the rocket was just going to launch the capsule on top containing the car and the car would remain inside of the capsule orbiting around Mars, or wherever it was going, I didn't realize it had a payload ejection system to actually shoot the car out once it was in space.


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The capsule is far bigger than the car. They could have got Lone Star's Winnebago in there.
 
2018-02-08 12:07:20 AM  
Meant to mention that yes, the capsule halves jettisoned leaving the car sitting on top of the rocket.
 
2018-02-08 12:18:27 AM  
I'm curious, were there no science missions that could have been tacked onto this that might have made the launch productive also, or are they all so expensive that the risk of being destroyed would have been too high?  Or is it that transmitting data back is so difficult?

Just curious.
 
2018-02-08 12:28:06 AM  

davidphogan: I'm curious, were there no science missions that could have been tacked onto this that might have made the launch productive also, or are they all so expensive that the risk of being destroyed would have been too high?  Or is it that transmitting data back is so difficult?

Just curious.


You don't want to risk a probe that costs at least a few hundred million on the first flight of an unproven rocket. Typically, they'd launch a concrete block as a dummy payload, but Elon decided he wanted to do something with a bit more style for the first Falcon Heavy flight.
 
2018-02-08 12:32:54 AM  

scottydoesntknow: I love how he's doing the 'dad window-elbow'

/this stuff is so farking cool


Thanks for pointing that out.  I hadn't noticed that.  That's awesome.
 
2018-02-08 12:34:08 AM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: TuteTibiImperes: Oh, wow, so the capsule actually opened up and shot the car out?  I figured the rocket was just going to launch the capsule on top containing the car and the car would remain inside of the capsule orbiting around Mars, or wherever it was going, I didn't realize it had a payload ejection system to actually shoot the car out once it was in space.

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The capsule is far bigger than the car. They could have got Lone Star's Winnebago in there.


Yeah, I just didn't realize that thing was designed to open up in space, I figured the capsule would separate from the rocket after the rocket escaped the atmosphere and would just float around as a full capsule in space, with the car inside of it.

Thinking about it though, I guess that's how they get satellites into space, they put them inside of a capsule, and the capsule then opens up in space and the satellite is released.  I'm just too used to the old space shuttle way of thinking where there was an actual cargo bay and a big robotic arm that would take stuff out of the cargo bay.
 
2018-02-08 12:38:34 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: Thinking about it though, I guess that's how they get satellites into space, they put them inside of a capsule, and the capsule then opens up in space and the satellite is released. I'm just too used to the old space shuttle way of thinking where there was an actual cargo bay and a big robotic arm that would take stuff out of the cargo bay.


The fairing drops off once they're high enough that they don't have to worry about atmospheric drag, while the rocket is still thrusting. That way they don't waste fuel by boosting that excess mass into orbit.
 
2018-02-08 12:49:50 AM  
I got to wonder what an alien civilization light years from here is going to think about when they find the car floating in space, in a couple million billion years.
 
2018-02-08 12:54:00 AM  
Oh damn I wanna cry.

A billion years.

A billion years.

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2018-02-08 12:59:48 AM  

Mad_Radhu: davidphogan: I'm curious, were there no science missions that could have been tacked onto this that might have made the launch productive also, or are they all so expensive that the risk of being destroyed would have been too high?  Or is it that transmitting data back is so difficult?

Just curious.

You don't want to risk a probe that costs at least a few hundred million on the first flight of an unproven rocket. Typically, they'd launch a concrete block as a dummy payload, but Elon decided he wanted to do something with a bit more style for the first Falcon Heavy flight.


Thank you.
 
2018-02-08 01:01:20 AM  
Pretty farking cool.  Wonder if someone will pluck it out of space on return from Mars orbit.
 
2018-02-08 01:01:57 AM  
"It's 36 million miles to Mars, we got empty tanks, no smokes, no O2, and we're on the wrong course."

"Hit it."
 
2018-02-08 01:03:47 AM  

optikeye: Crap...Now I want a Starman "hotwheels" tesla.

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... I ... I *have* that set!
 
2018-02-08 01:14:42 AM  
"So long, and thanks for all the fish."
 
2018-02-08 01:17:54 AM  

revrendjim: IgG4: Looks like the UV has already destroyed the polycarbonate headlights

The solar wind is going to be hell on the paint job.


It's fine...They buffed it out with some Turtle Wax pre-launch.
 
2018-02-08 01:35:49 AM  

Harry_Seldon: revrendjim: IgG4: Looks like the UV has already destroyed the polycarbonate headlights

The solar wind is going to be hell on the paint job.

It's fine...They buffed it out with some Turtle Wax pre-launch.


It would be really interesting to do a flyby of it after a couple orbits when earth gets close enough to check in on the status of it such as paint condition and everything else. How do non space-rated materials hold up in extended exposure.

/need to look up an orbit track that can project out for a while for the next close pass just for fun.
 
2018-02-08 01:39:40 AM  
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