Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster, which was launched into space as part of his SpaceX project, was classified as space debris. This conclusion was voiced by specialists from the joint center for astrophysics of Harvard and Smithsonian University, who compiled a catalog of all space objects of artificial origin.
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Tesla Roadster was classified as a company of satellites, various space debris and failed equipment, which currently includes about 57.5 thousand objects. It is noteworthy that at the moment the car has moved away from the Earth at a distance of almost 90 million kilometers, and its speed reaches 52 thousand kilometers per hour. This roadster, which was previously owned by billionaire Elon Musk, was launched into space aboard the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle in February of the year before last. It was decided to use the vehicle as a test load for the rocket to demonstrate the real carrying capacity of the new spacecraft.
Not without some symbolism. Before the launch, they put a book by Douglas Adams called “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” in the car, a poster with the words “Don't Panic” and a towel – the two main “keys” of the book. In addition, David Bowie's song Space Oddity was played from the car's audio system during the flight.