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Starman and its Tesla Roadster are officially a long, long way from home. SpaceX has confirmed that Falcon Heavy's test payload has passed Mars' orbit, putting it at one of its greatest distances away from the Sun (it should reach its far point on November 8th at 1.66AU, or 155 million miles). While it isn't about to rendezvous with Mars, this is no mean feat for an EV-toting mannequin. And you might want to remember this moment -- it's going to be a long time before Starman is close to Earth. According to models by Ben Pearson, the spaceborne dummy won't make a close approach to Earth until two years from now on November 4th, 2020, and even then it'll be 0.35AU (32 million miles) away. I... Full story

9 November