While Elon Musk is actively developing a project to send an expedition to Mars, his car, with a dummy on board, for the first time approached the Red Planet at a minimum distance of about 7.4 million km.
SpaceX launched a dummy into spaceStarman behind the wheel of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster in February 2018 during the maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy super-powerful rocket. The company has now officially announced that "the duo have reached another milestone" in their space travel.
Tesla Star Man approached Mars ona distance within 0.05 astronomical units or a distance of about 7.4 million km. One astronomical unit is the average distance from the Earth to the Sun, which is about 150 million kilometers.
According to whereisroadster.com, tracking the flight of Starman and Roadster, the duo orbit the Sun every 557 Earth days. To date, the vehicle and driver have traveled nearly 1.3 billion miles (2.1 billion km) in space. The distance traveled in space is 57 times greater than the length of all roads laid on Earth.