In 2018, Tesla launched a new reward as part of its updated referral program. The reward was simple but unique – new owners with an eligible referral would have the option to send a photo of their choice to the space. The image would be launched in a Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s private space company, SpaceX.
Few details were provided by Tesla at the time, although the company noted that its “Launch your photo into deep space orbit” reward would involve the company laser-engraving any photo of the owner’s choice and sending it. in deep space. Tesla then estimated that qualified owners should expect to receive an email from the company asking them to submit their selected photo in December 2018.
Launch your photo into deep space orbit – We’ll laser etch any image onto glass and send it into deep space orbit for millions of years. Refer more friends while you wait for an alien race discovers your payload”, Tesla wrote.
Tesla finally sent this email at the beginning of June this year. Despite several years of delay, many owners quickly submitted their selected photos to the company. However, some members of the r/TeslaMotors subreddit lightly mentioned that they ended up missing Tesla’s notification about the reward, in part because it had been so long since it was announced.
As seen on Tesla’s official page for the referral program, it will send a photo mosaic into space. A close look at the photo mosaic reveals a number of interesting image choices from skilled owners, including selfies, family photos, artwork, photos of beloved pets, and even a QR code. Needless to say, Tesla’s laser-etched photo mosaic is truly interesting – perhaps even confusing any aliens who might find it floating in space in the future.
The laser-etched photo mosaic forms the iconic image of Starman and his Tesla Roadster with Earth in the background. The historic image was taken during the maiden flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy spacecraft in 2018, which carried Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster as a mass simulator. Starman and Elon Musk’s space Tesla Roadster has become part of pop culture, inspirational artwork, and even a comic book series.
The photo mosaic is scheduled to launch on August 4, 2022. The image will be carried into space in a Falcon 9 rocket which will also carry South Korea’s Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) spacecraft. Clive Neal, a lunar scientist at the University of Notre Dame, noted that the KPLO carries a “framework of instruments that will provide important information about the Moon.”
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