Elon Musk certainly caught the world’s attention this week when he launched a bright red sportscar into space, complete with a sign saying, ‘Don’t panic’ in the dash.
But while the world focused on the space-suited ‘Starman’ in the front seat, as the vehicle entered orbit around the sun, there was another, hidden, message inside the car.
Inside the car, hidden away on a circuit board, Musk had left the message, ‘Made on Earth by humans.’
Musk says the final firing of the upper stage put his red convertible into a solar orbit that stretches all the way to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
The original plan had the car traveling no farther than Mars.
In the driver seat of the Tesla is a space-suited mannequin nicknamed ‘Starman.’
Musk doesn’t plan to fly people on the Heavy, but is working on an even bigger rocket for deep-space crews.