Recently, the company also confirmed that it was able to manufacture as many as 5,000 Model 3 cars in a day at its Nevada Gigafactory, allowing it to deliver pre-ordered units to customers. Tesla played a song Space Oddity by David Bowie. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk predicted the Roadster would overshoot these estimates, and keep driving on until the asteroid belt.
CNet reports that on November 2 "Starman" had made its way beyond Mars' orbit. The Tesla Roadster and its "driver" are still speeding through space, though it won't go much farther before looping back around towards the Sun again and repeating its trip for, well, we don't actually know how long. In an update via Twitter on Friday, the aerospace company announced that the vehicle has now orbited beyond Mars. A "Don't Panic" sticker, a famous phrase from Adams' masterpiece, sits on the car's dashboard.
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Unconventional factory methods and failed attempts at automation forced the fledgling niche EV maker to endure months of costly delays and executive departures at its auto factory in Fremont, CA, during a time that Mr. Musk has called "production Hell". Musk said test flights for rockets often include concrete or steel blocks as cargo, but they wanted to spice things up for February's Falcon Heavy launch. Joe Raedle/Getty Images The rocket could soon be outclassed by the company's next rocket, the BFR, scheduled to start hop tests at the Boca Chica facility next year ahead of a planned mission to Mars.
For a launch and mission that were filled with references to literature, music and more, the logical continuation of the story implies even more such subtle nods to past works. Visit INSIDER's homepage for more.