It's no surprise when people compare Elon Musk to Tony Stark. In fact, people went as far as saying that Elon is the real-life Tony Stark and although we're still to discover his 1000 sq ft "Testing laboratory" in his basement full of latest Ironman suits (probably one for each day of the week). We're sure that his audacious and ambitious project of landing a man on the red planet Mars is closer to realization than initially thought.
Although his Tesla is NOT headed for Mars now, the goal is still intact and the ambition has solidified even more so following succescul launch of Falcon Heavy.
February 7th was supposed to be a normal launch testing near the Kennedy Space Center, after all, over the years you would've assumed that the people would've been accustomed to seeing rockets taking off but because it was Space X, because it was Elon and because there was a surprise in the payload, it was a bit special.
So Elon decided to get creative and although he still didn't show up in an Iron Man suit he surely revealed beforehand that normal rockets are "Boring" and he'll be spicing things up by including an original Tesla Roadster with a spaceman in the payload.
It's no surprise that Musk's obsession with the color red probably would've taken over his cerebral cortex and that's why he decided to send a red Tesla roadster in orbit around the red planet till infinity (or till he colonizes Mars). But this time, although the launch sequence went perfectly, the Roadster is headed to a different trajectory.
So probably it seems that the burn was too good for its good as the Tesla would be missing the Mars orbit quite substantially and is now headed towards asteroid belt. Musk initially pointed out that there's virtually zero chance that had the plan worked perfectly, the payload would've crashed into Mars, but now since it didn't, it surely raises a few eyebrows as it's headed towards a different trajectory.
Although there's no absolute certainty regarding the possible events that could unfold in the future, according to The Verge the car would run relatively close to the orbit of the dwarf planet Ceres in the Asteroid belt.
No, we aren't consoling the spaceman in the car who would rather be in the relatively dangerous asteroid belt orbit rather than the safe Mars orbit, we're talking about the sign which was on the dashboard. Including a car in the payload is one thing, including a spaceman in the car, is entirely another and when you console that spaceman with a "Don't panic" sign, you're Elon Musk!
So what's the story behind the sign?
There's no secret that Elon was a bibliophile since he was a kid, his prodigious reading skills meant that he could memorize things much faster than normal people and the "Don't Panic" sign is a reference to a book he loved as a child, the book is named as "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". And once again, if you thought Elon would stop there, you're wrong, because Elon also inscribed a message for the aliens.
Because the car would be in orbit till eternity or till some asteroid blows it up into smithereens, there's a chance that long after we're gone, some alien race could discover it and marvel at the audaciousness of our human race. So Elon being the forward thinker he is kept all of that in mind and inscribed a tiny message for aliens to read.
"Made on Earth by humans" just when you thought no one could top "Designed by Apple in California", Musk does this.
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