SpaceX’s “Starman” dummy may have launched into space with today’s maiden voyage of the Falcon Heavy rocket, but there’s no need to say farewell to the lonely passenger just yet. Now you can virtually ride along with him in his cherry-red Tesla Roadster by tuning in to a live webcast beamed to Earth directly from the space car.
Following the launch of the Falcon Heavy, the electric car and its dummy passenger were placed into orbit around the Earth. But in a few hours, the payload will be on its way into a solar orbit that will send it cruising by Mars.
According to Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and CEO, the car will be blasting David Bowie’s “Space Odyssey” as it travels through the solar system. Musk also named the dummy “Starman” after another song by the late musician. [ In Photos: SpaceX’s 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket Test Launch Success!]
Clad in SpaceX’s new spacesuit, the dummy astronaut is casually drifting in space with his right hand on the steering wheel and left arm resting on the door. Along with great views of “Starman” and his roadster, you can see some spectacular views of Earth in the webcast.
SpaceX has not yet said how long the live stream will last, but a recording of the webcast will probably be posted to SpaceX’s YouTube page after it ends.