Tesla Roadster will be close to Mars in 2020.
Launched into space Tesla Roadster will be close to Mars October 8, 2020.
The distance between the buggy and the red planet will be about 7 million km.
“The closest projected approach of the spacecraft to Mars between 2018 and 2030 will take place in 2020 on 8 Oct. The distance between them will be 7 million km far from the gravitational sphere of Mars,” wrote Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian center for astrophysics.
According to the calculations of astronomers, the orbit of the vehicle crosses the orbit of Mars and even passes near the orbit of the asteroid Ceres. Its perihelion (closest to Sun point of the orbit) is of 0.98 astronomical units and an aphelion (farthest from the Sun point of the orbit) – 2,61 astronomical units.
We will add, past Earth Tesla Roadster will fly several times. This happens, according to the calculations of astronomers, 2021, 2026, 2031 and 2039. In the future, the calculations can be adjusted, as they do not take into account the influence of some factors, in particular the solar wind.
“Closest to the period up to 2030 Roadster will come to the Earth after March 2021. Distance will be 45 million miles,” added Jonathan McDowell. However, in 2073, the distance between the buggy and our planet may be “only” 1.6 million km.
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