All thanks to the successful launch of Falcon Heavy on Tuesday, SpaceX managed to send CEO Elon Musk
All thanks to the successful launch of Falcon Heavyon Tuesday, SpaceX managed to send CEO Elon Musks red cherry Tesla Roadster into the space. The car in space is being driven by Starman (a dummy in spacesuit) with a sticker- Dont Panic before the driver’s seat.
View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth. pic.twitter.com/QljN2VnL1O
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018
Tesla Heavy, the most powerful rocket ever made, crossed the Mars orbit and headed towards the asteroid belt leaving the car around the earths orbit. But now what awaits the million dollar car in space?
The destiny of car in outer space
Many curious minds who have an understanding of outer space environment have speculated several theories, all of which imply that the Tesla Roadster will not be as pretty as it was during the footage of it being drifting into the space, was shared. The space will definitely wear it out leaving it in the shape of an artefact lost for many years under the depths of ocean.
How the Tesla Roadster will suffer
- The sandblasting is the first thing which will harm the car
- The continuous hits of dust like particles called micrometeorites (weighing just fractions of grams) at a speed of about 20 km per second will vaporize the paint and make little pits in the metal. So the red cherry colour will be gone for sure
- The second devastating effect which awaits the Starman and the Tesla is the radiation
- The cosmic rays tend to disrupt the chemical bonds, especially when it comes to carbon bonds present in plastic and rubber
- While the metal can survive the radiation for hundreds of years, the wheels and interior of the car will not be able to stand up to the challenge
- Within a few years, the wheels, seats and all other parts which are not metal will get shredded
The danger of hitting an asteroid
The chance of the car hitting an asteroid in space is rather low but if it happens to come across one, it is done for. So, if the car remains lucky enough to not meet its demise, it will be a little space-worn the next time it comes back near earth.
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