Where is the Starman right now? Where is the Tesla roadster?

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The message at the centre of the dashboard read "Don't Panic".

The Falcon Heavy is equipped with three of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket boosters, with nine engines in each booster.

So, there will be no more images of the Starman as it drives through the emptiness of space.

But, the Tesla Roadster is not going to amuse you from space for a long time as the battery fitted to it for the live videos and photos will last up to only 12 hours, as informed by Musk after the launch. "If we're successful in this, it is game over for all other heavy-lift rockets". That mission, in July, had to be aborted due to cascading engine failures, as the Long March V cast a 7.5-ton satellite into the Pacific.

BFR is set for its first test launch as early as 2019 and Musk's confirmation that SpaceX is already building it seems to confirm this.

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ET today the auto had traveled about 450,000 miles from Earth, or roughly twice the distance from Earth to the moon. The electric-car maker's stock dropped 9.7 per cent this week, the biggest one-week slide in seven months.

In a rare admission of weakness, Xinhua noted afterward that even if the rocket's journey had been smooth, the jewel in the crown of China's engineering might remains insufficient to propel a Chinese shuttle, with taikonauts and rover, to the moon.

Regardless of this incident, the launch of Falcon Heavy was a success and, as Musk said in a press conference after the event, it will hopefully usher a new space race, this time dominated not by the fear of total annihilation, but by humanity's drive to pursue its dream of expanding to the stars.

Starman and Musk's Roadster are in an elliptical orbit around the sun.

Some misinterpreted this statement, thinking that the rocket had already reached beyond the "red planet", something that would take several months.

Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily also cautioned in an op-ed on its social platform that China is still "light years" behind the United States, where NASA and two privately-funded firms (SpaceX and Amazon chief Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin) are vying for the lead in the field of space exploration, and has decades of catching-up to do. According to the company, the rocket has the ability to launch 140,660 pounds (63,800 kg), the equivalent of a loaded Boeing 737 airplane, into "low Earth orbit".