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Starman/Roadster in a=1.795 AU orbit, now what's the method to this madness?

The question SpaceX's 4,425 satellite constellation - what's the method to the madness? received an excellent answer explaining the rationality behind the madness plan. Elon Musk's tweet (spotted ...
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Will it be possible to see BFR approaching the moon from earth, with naked eye?

The title pretty much sums it up. I'm not old enough to have experienced any of the previous manned moon landings. Given that Big Falcon Rocket will go around the moon in 2023, I'm wondering if one ...
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Suppose Zuma wasn't "lost" — what would it take to detect it?

Being a secret government launch, there has been speculation maybe the Zuma satellite wasn't lost, and claims to the contrary are a ruse to throw off parties who'd like to track it. There is possible ...
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JWST observing cherry red Tesla roadster

Assuming both launches are successful, if JWST tries to solve Tesla's cherry red body paint light spectrum, what would it tell about it's composition? Could it be confusing if it was an unknown object?...
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For how long/far can we track Starman

Radar tracking is used for Earth satellites and big enough asteroids. As the FH-launched Tesla Roadster is leaving the Earth-Moon system and it is quite small object (the car + the payload adapter are ...
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What is the current record for the farthest detection of a "dead" spacecraft?

In order to better defend my position that trying to track Juno from Earth once it can no longer transmit would be Quixotic, I'd like to ask what the current record is for the farthest detection from ...
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What all is included in the contraption around Star Man?

In the streaming video, we can see a mannequin sitting in a car. It is fairly evident there is more to it than that, the cameras are clearly on some sort of supporting arms extending from the car, ...
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Is the Tesla still attached to the second stage?

I was wondering. Is the Falcon Heavy 2nd Stage still attached to the payload adapter / Tesla Roadster or was payload separation part of the test flight objectives?
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Was SpaceX's venture into the asteroid belt a "convenient accident" on purpose?

There is gold in the asteroids, or iridium. links: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-25716103 https://globalnews.ca/news/3175097/nasa-plans-mission-to-a-metal-rich-asteroid-worth-...
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Musk's Roadster = Russell's Teapot? [closed]

Summary: Assuming no foreknowledge of its existence, can Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster be detected and categorised from Earth? Bertrand Russell argued the following, an argument that is now known as ...
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Tesla Roadster new orbital elements [closed]

Has a TLE been posted somewhere for the Tesla Roadster in its new orbit out past Mars? I was hoping to paste it into SN7. Thanks
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How could JAXA not know when Hayabusa2 will arrive at asteroid Ryugu?

The Nikkey Asian Review article Probe nears asteroid to unlock secrets to life's origins; Hayabusa2 mission includes return of samples after 18-month study begins: TOKYO -- A Japanese space probe is ...
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Can HiRISE photograph Starman?

On Oct 7, 2020, according to the latest predictions, the Tesla Roadster/ Starman will pass within 0.05 AU (7.4 million km). Could HiRISE image it with any success, and as anything but a dot?
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How was the standard of a potentially hazardous object (PHO) being determined?

I was going through an article about Bennu asteroid and OSIRIS-REx mission and done a quiz. There is an interesting question: What's a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid? a. One at least 500 feet wide ...