Starman Makes First Orbit Around the Sun!

August 19, 2019

On February 6, 2018, SpaceX launched its first Falcon Heavy rocket into space with its owner's personal 2008 Telsa Roadster on board. To make the launch more fun, Elon Musk put a spacesuit-clad mannequin named "Starman" in the driver's seat of the Roadster and had him listen to endless loops of David Bowie's 1969 classic SPACE ODDITY during the journey. 

Since then, Starman has spent more than 550 days in outer space. According to, "If the battery was still working, Starman has listened to SPACE ODDITY 151,881 times since he launched."