SpaceX has been transforming space travel since 2002. Elon Musk’s company has forged an enviable reputation for its relentless innovation and disruptive attitude. SpaceX perfumed its most memorable stunt to date in February 2018, when a Falcon Heavy rocket blasted Elon Musk’s personal Tesla roadster into deep space.
SpaceX launched Elon Musk’s old Tesla car into space on February 6, last year.
And the bizarre stunt has led to the Tesla travelling through space in an orbit around the solar system.
The electric car has already exceeded its original 36,000-mile warranty more than 13,000 times over.
And if the Tesla’s battery is still working, then David Bowie’s Space Oddity has been played continuously on loop more than 99,000 times.
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The Tesla Roadster and its dummy pilot were chosen as a playful payload for the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket maiden launch.
Elon Musk was quoted at the time describing how a deadweight payload of metal blocks would have been too boring.
However, a year after the launch some scientists have calculated how the Tesla Roadster could be on a possible collision path with Earth.
A team of has scientists mapped The Tesla’s probable journey over the next few million years.
The space experts have calculated Earth, Venus and the Sun are the three most likely destinations for the Tesla.
And collisions with Mercury and Mars are the least likely scenario, as is the chance of Jupiter’s gravity catapulting the car out of the Milky Way.
But despite the grim prediction, the odds of Starman crashing into the planet anytime soon are extremely slim.
The team of space researchers suggested a six percent chance of Starman colliding with Earth in the next one million years.
This should see the Tesla come as close as the Moon to Earth.
The scientific study said: “Using an ensemble of several hundred realisations we were able to statistically determine the probability of the Tesla colliding with the Solar system planets on astronomical timescales.
“Although some of the orbits experience effects due to mean-motion and secular resonances criss-crossing the NEA space, the orbital evolution remains initially dominated by close encounters with the terrestrial planets, in particular Earth, Venus and Mars.
“About half of our 15,000,000 integrations result in a collision with the Earth, Venus, and the Sun.”
Over a period of 15 million years there is a 22 percent chance of Starman hitting Earth and 12 percent chance of it striking Venus.
There is, however, a more likely scenario that Starman will not survive long enough to ever see the Earth up-close again.
For Elon Musk’s Tesla is probably falling apart under the weight of intense space radiation.