Elon Musk demonstrated his wealth in 2018 by launching his personal Tesla roadster into space. Five years later, he remains wealthy and the roadster continues to float among the stars.
It's important to note that the aim of Tesla's trip to space wasn't just to showcase Musk's wealth, although the spectacle of him bidding farewell to an expensive car does reinforce that perception.
The car was sent on a journey beyond Earth's atmosphere as a "dummy payload" during the inaugural flight of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy. Despite Musk's prediction of only a 50% chance of success, the launch took place.
Here is a video of the car in outer space:
Despite concerns about the mission, it was completed without any problems, and the Tesla has been orbiting in space ever since.
A website named "Where Is Roadster" has been created to track the car's journey. As of the afternoon of February 7th, it's located 203,276,831 miles from Earth and approaching at a speed of 6,646 miles per hour.
The car's position is constantly changing as it travels. Currently, it's 280,272,712 miles away from Mars and 136,725,234 miles from the Sun.
The website reports that over the past five years, the car has traveled enough distance to make 63.2 laps around the world's roads, achieving a fuel efficiency of 20,021.7 miles per gallon in the process.
It's worth noting that achieving such fuel efficiency is easier in space as there are no traffic, hills, or gravitational forces to deal with.
A mannequin called Starman is in the car. The website estimates that during the journey, Starman could have listened to David Bowie's "Space Oddity" 496,328 times in one ear and "Is There Life on Mars?" 668,781 times in the other ear.
Since its launch, the car has completed approximately 3.2797 orbits around the Sun.
While it's amusing to imagine the inanimate spaceman cruising in the red car, listening to music, it's uncertain if the car is still intact.
It's possible that the vehicle may have collided with a meteoroid or been damaged by radiation, leading to complete erosion.
The information on the website is based on projections of the car's path, but since its current state is uncertain, it's better to envision the car as a floating entity, rather than as a potential pile of wreckage.