A little more than a year ago, Elon Musk's launched his personal Tesla Roadster into space. Ostensibly, Musk's extraterrestrial venture, SpaceX, was flight testing its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time and it needed a dummy payload. Of course, what Musk lost in terms of resale value on the Roadster was more than made up in publicity value for SpaceX. The reusable booster stages came back to earth as planned, and the roadster continues its journey on an elliptical orbit around the Sun that takes it all the way around Mars before heading back near Earth.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/03/04/elon-musks-tesla-roadster-keeps-traveling