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SpaceX 'starman' flies by earth in Tesla roadster
Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster is out there in space, and today is the last Earth is going to see it. The car and its passenger, the SpaceX Starman, will sink into deep space today on board the Falcon Heavy.  ( SpaceX | YouTube )

The Roadster and "Starman" are somewhere out there in the galaxy. Catch a glimpse of it via livestream before it sinks into deep space.

Robotic telescopes will attempt to capture the last images of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster and SpaceX's dummy "Starman" before they travel into the depths of outer space.

The livestreaming event, sponsored by the Virtual Telescope Project and the Tenagra Observatories, will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 12:15 p.m. GMT.

The Roadster has a built-in camera to document and record its orbiting of the Earth and travel to Mars, but the livestream on YouTube was pulled days ago. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk's last post of Roadster was on Feb. 8.

The multimillion payload was launched into space early this month in the historic maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX's most powerful rocket to date.

What Happened To The Roadster?

After it was launched by the Falcon Heavy's powerful boost, the Roadster drifted into space and orbited the Sun. It exceeded the Mars orbit and continued to traverse the asteroid belt.

NASA has officially added the Roadster to its Artificial Objects Catalog and continues to keep tabs on the vehicle. It is now so far away that it can be easily mistaken for an asteroid.

As expected, the car is bombarded with intense stellar radiation. Experts gave their views on the worst possible scenarios for the Roadster, and if it is indeed passing through an asteroid belt or somewhere near it, there are chances that the car will be blown into pieces.

"Whenever you see an asteroid belt in movies, like 'Star Wars,' it looks like they're 10 feet apart. They're not. When you're on an asteroid, the next-closest asteroid looks like a distant star. It's mostly empty space," says Jonathan McDowell from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Still Surviving

However, it looks like the Roadster is still surviving.

It now appears as a bright dot if viewed using telescopes but looks fainter against a sky full of stars according to latest update by the Virtual Telescope Project.

At the time the image was captured two days ago, the car is estimated to be 1.7 million kilometers away from the Earth or four times the distance of the Moon.

Aside from the spacesuit-wearing "Starman", the Roadster is also carrying two digital discs with the latest cutting-edge storage technologies.

The discs called "Arch" from the Arch Mission Foundation can withstand the harshest conditions in space. Each disc has a capacity of 360 TB of data and is expected to remain readable up to 13.8 billion years. The discs contain the sci-fi book Foundation by Isaac Asimov from the Arch Mission Foundation.

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