Elon Musk’s launch this week brings up some interesting questions! I turn to my Nodder friends, and Tn staff, for your expert opinions. First, the link above shows a video, in v-e-r-y s-l-o-w motion, of the Roadster. Very interesting images!!
So first, on which side of the trajectory “route” should he be driving? Left? Right?
Second, they were worried that the car might “ding” Mars if it got too close. Brings up an interesting question-- Do cars floating in space need vehicular insurance? Full Comprehensive? Or just the minimum? They claim the car could orbit millions of years. So will someone need to pay insurance premiums every year??
Third, there’s a mannequin behind the wheel… So, if he becomes “detached” somehow and dislodged from the car, is that vehicular homicide? or Suicide by Space or suicide from ‘jumping’ out of a car? I’m so confused! The rules have changed!
Fourth, does an orbiting roadster need a name change, from roadster to… ??
Fifth, will an orbiting car get space dirt? Will it need a “car wash” (if one existed, that is)?
Now they are saying it is headed toward the asteroid belt. Why didn’t Elan outfit the car as if a gameboy so someone on Earth could use a joy stick to navigate through that area? That would be kewl! Anyway, how many game points should be assigned if the car does get hit?
I am wondering other things… like… does the car have an engine? fully functional car? If so, and it gets hit, will it explode?
And, please tell me, is Hubble Telescope capturing the car’s journey? I hope, I hope!
Can WV3 “turn” and scan the car?