Elon Musk and SpaceX have seen the daylight of a lot of splashing headlines in the recent times. Positively, of course!
Unfortunately, this time round, the case is not the same.
Remember how the eccentric entrepreneur sent a bright red Tesla sports car along with SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy? Well, the car which was intended to fly across Mars and be gone into space is probably going to come back and crash into earth, according to Independent.
The spacecraft is being steered into space by a mannequin who is wearing a legit spacesuit.
The experts have used scientific logics to work out the probable orbital roadway of the Roadster for over the next million years. The number crunching and current path got the boffins to come to a conclusion that the sports car will at some point collide with either planet Earth or Venus.
Experts project a 6% probability of the car hitting the Earth, while the chances of it hitting the Venus is 2.5%. If nothing, the car will go on and on into space until crashes into something.
However, the good news is that the car is out of the earth’s orbit. It will overlap with the Mars’ orbit for a short span, but will not crash there. Eventually, the car will move out of Mars orbit and come into Earth’s orbit, most probably around the year 2021.
The folks behind the study, Hanno Rein, Daniel Tamayo and David Vokrouhlicky wrote: "On 6 February 2018, SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster on a Mars-crossing orbit."
"We perform N-body simulations to determine the fate of the object over the next several million years, under the relevant perturbations acting on the orbit. The orbital evolution is initially dominated by close encounters with the Earth. The first close encounter with the Earth will occur in 2091."
They continued: "The repeated encounters lead to a random walk that eventually causes close encounters with other terrestrial planets and the Sun. Long-term integrations become highly sensitive to the initial conditions after several such close encounters.
"By running a large ensemble of simulations with slightly perturbed initial conditions, we estimate the probability of a collision with Earth and Venus over the next one million years to be six percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. We estimate the dynamical lifetime of the Tesla to be a few tens of millions of years."
Well, we can only hope Roadster does not find itself in a Road Rash.
Information source: ladbible
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