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Elon Musk Reveals the Final "Starman" Photo

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.

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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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The Best of Nintendo Switch Chargers, Docks, and Cases

Protect your investment and charge with ease with these must-have Switch accessories.

The Nintendo Switch is among the most innovative gaming consoles to come out since the PlayStation Portable. It’s cool in and of itself, but the accessories that you can pair with it are next level. Cases for the Nintendo Switch are nothing like what we used to get for our Gameboys — there is often a slot for your cord and games!

Which Soundbars Have the Best Quality? Try These 5 Brands

Upgrade your entertainment sound system with the subtle--but transformational--addition of a soundbar.

If you’ve ever wanted to host a screening party, or you just really want to enhance your own entertainment experience, a soundbar might be a very welcome addition. But what is it? If you’ve ever seen magazine photos of a brilliant entertainment system, chances are you’ve seen an ambiguous looking long black box fixated somewhere in front of the TV. It’s basically a wireless speaker, meant to deliver optimized surround sound and bring the movie theater experience to your living room.

Samsung Livestream: Watch the S10 Unpacked Live Event Here

Samsung is planning a bumper list of changes.

Samsung is about to take one of its most ambitious product launches yet. The Galaxy S10 Unpacked event, set to take place on Wednesday, is set to cover a staggering number of new devices, some of which could take the smartphone in a bold new direction. The company will be offering a livestream so users can follow the news at home as it occurs.

Amazon Accelerates Its Auto Biz With a $700M Investment in EV Maker Rivian

Rivian's electric SUV is set to enter production in 2020. 

Amazon’s not done dominating the headlines this week: On Friday morning, the electric vehicle maker Rivian announced that the tech giant was leading its new $700 million investment round.

Rivian, founded by Robert “RJ” Scaringe in 2009, has been quietly laying plans to unleash a line of electric vehicles in the makes and models Americans want: Pickup trucks and SUVs, which make up more than two-thirds of auto sales, according to JD Power.

MWC 2019: 3 Absolutely Bonkers Smartphones Launching at the Tech Bonanza

Wait, is that a camera on a smartwatch?

Every year, a handful of emerging trends dominate the Mobile World Congress, which will kick off in earnest starting Feb. 25. For MWC 2019, foldable phone designs and ultra-fast 5G wireless connectivity are expected to take up most of the limelight. But along with the headline themes, Barcelona’s biggest tech show is also known for bringing forth some pretty outlandish smartphone concepts.