Tesla is about to release photos of customers into space on SpaceX’s Lunar Orbiter mission

Tesla is preparing to release images of its customers in space on SpaceX’s Lunar Orbiter mission with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute in South Korea.

In 2018, Tesla had a referral program to help sell vehicles where owners could share a referral code with new buyers who would earn Supercharging credits. In return, referrals will receive prizes based on the number of people they have referred.

One of the prizes was the launch of a photo into deep space:

LAUNCH YOUR IMAGE In Deep Space Orbit We will laser etch any image into glass and send it into deep space orbit for millions of years. Refer more friends while you wait for an alien race to discover your payload.

Last month, we reported that Tesla had yet to deliver the award — four years after the program ended.

A week later, Tesla finally launched a system for referral program prize winners to submit their photos in space, but we didn’t know when or how Tesla would actually release the photos.

Tesla has now confirmed that it will launch on SpaceX’s Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter mission next week:

“Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy – thank you for your support in making it a reality. Your image will be launched into space on the KPLO mission on August 4, 2022.”

With confirmation, Tesla also released a photo mosaic that it will be sending as it assembles to recreate an image of a Tesla Roadster in space:

In February 2018, SpaceX launched its first Falcon Heavy rocket, and it needed a “mock load” to send it into space in order to demonstrate the capability.

Musk, the CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, decided to launch his own Tesla Roadster.

Given the high risk of failure on a completely new rocket, SpaceX didn’t want to put something of great value, like a satellite, but at the same time, Musk didn’t just want to launch weight into space.

He thought launching the Tesla Roadster would be more exciting and inspiring – and that was it. The launch video has become very popular and made amazing photos of the Tesla Roadster in space.

I had Canvaspop make hard copies of one of those images (using high-resolution images released by SpaceX on Flickr) and display them in my home:

Now the craft is believed to be more than 180 million miles from Earth and traveling at 8,100 miles per hour.

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