Since the moment the Falcon Heavy delivered it into space, an intrepid dummy driver dubbed “Starman” has captivated the world. In a midnight cherry Tesla, he rides off into the vacuum of space on a one-way ticket to the void. Jealous.

While we can’t watch him on his fantastic voyage anymore, Starman can at least remain in our social media consciousness, as Elon Musk just shared the last known photo of him.

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“Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute [sic] to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt,” the SpaceX founder wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday. Since this post, NASA JPL [has clarified] that Starman won’t actually make it to the asteroid belt after all. Instead, he’ll get about 160 million miles from the sun.

It’s still an amazing image, regardless of where Starman’s headed.

In less than 24 hours, the post has garnered more than 1.3 million likes — and for good reason. There’s something oddly poetic, even a little human, about the sense of wonderment captured in a photo of a dummy riding off into space.

By Harvard astronomer Jonathan McDowell’s calculations, Starman might be coming back around the vicinity of Earth in 2021. In a series of tweets, he noted the closest Musk’s Tesla will get to Earth in the near future is in March 2021, when it will be at a distance of 45 million kilometers (about 28 million miles).

It’s true that Starman is never, ever coming back to Earth, but he is going somewhere. That great unknown is his home now.


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It’s that time of year where the pressure’s on to find super cool gifts for the people you love. Instead of scrambling around this year for last-minute gifts, why not head over to one of our favorite lifestyle product sites, Huckberry, and take a look at the Levimoon, which you’ve probably guessed by now is a levitating moon.

If you’ve been using the same furniture for 15+ years or find yourself watching “House Hunters” and wanting to redo every inch of your home, it might (hint: it is) be time for an upgrade.

Though HGTV might tell you otherwise, you don’t need to replace all of your furniture or demolish half of your place to give it a refresh. In fact, a couple of new products and fixtures can modernize any space without the cost of a total remodel.

While tech geeks go nuts on Cyber Monday this year, NASA’s InSight Lander will be making its historic touchdown on Mars. It’s expected to land at Elysium Planitia, an equatorial plane, on November 26, marking the first day of a Martian-year-long mission — that’s 687 days — to investigate the heart of the red planet. On Wednesday, NASA briefed the public on what exactly InSight will be doing during its stay.

A cigar-shaped hunk of rock and metal about half a mile long is soaring through the solar system, causing confusion as it flies. By all accounts, Oumuamua is a weird object: It’s super fast, it’s shaped like a space turd, and nobody is sure where it came from. It was only a matter of time before someone suggested it might have been sent by aliens. It’s just a bit surprising that Harvard researchers were the ones to do so.

Moonlight might be romantic, but it’s really not all that useful. At only 1-400,000th the brightness of the Sun, the moon is usually not enough to illuminate the night. Chinese scientists and engineers, however, don’t want the residents of Chengdu to have to settle for the dim glow of Earth’s natural satellite. As they announced recently, they can amp up the wattage with an artificial moon blasted into space.