While staring at the live feed of a crash dummy in a convertible in outer space, I was wondering: Is this crash dummy following safety conventions and wearing a seat belt? I somehow doubt that it would help in case of impact with an astroid, but...


I don't see any seatbelt, but it's not close enough for me to tell.

Was Starman sent up wearing a seatbelt or not?

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    $\begingroup$ Why did this get an "opinion based" close vote? $\endgroup$ – gerrit Feb 7 '18 at 1:40
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    $\begingroup$ Related question - is that all that's keeping him in? I doubt it, I'd think they glued (or something) him to the seat just to be positive no movements are made. $\endgroup$ – BruceWayne Feb 7 '18 at 6:15
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    $\begingroup$ @BruceWayne, that must have happened, or how would the arm stay in that super cool position. ;) $\endgroup$ – AnoE Feb 7 '18 at 14:45
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    $\begingroup$ He's not a crash dummy. Crash dummies are intended to crash. Starman has no intention of crashing for the next billion years. $\endgroup$ – corsiKa Feb 7 '18 at 16:16
  • $\begingroup$ Neither Starman nor Jenny Hayden wore seatbelts. youtube.com/watch?v=6NEFYCaKakE $\endgroup$ – Adrian McCarthy Feb 8 '18 at 0:05

He most certainly is.

Belt it out baby

The seatbelt can be seen clearly across both his shoulders. It is currently unclear whether or not the miniature Starman sat on the dashboard has a seatbelt.

Apparently he is also sewn into the seat. Source is Quora, so meh, but interesting.

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    $\begingroup$ You wouldn't want him to get pulled over in space $\endgroup$ – Dragongeek Feb 6 '18 at 23:48
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    $\begingroup$ @Dragongeek There's still the issue of speeding. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Feb 7 '18 at 0:20
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    $\begingroup$ @DavidRicherby, the speed limit out there is 6.706e+8 MPH, I don't think he's in any danger of breaking it $\endgroup$ – Joseph Rogers Feb 7 '18 at 16:12
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    $\begingroup$ @JosephRogers That won't stop the space police from having faulty radar guns and pulling you over anyway. And you know how hard it is to pull over in space?!?! $\endgroup$ – corsiKa Feb 7 '18 at 16:18
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    $\begingroup$ @JosephRogers Not in a car over Australia. $\endgroup$ – Cees Timmerman Feb 8 '18 at 2:49

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