Tesla Roadster Decomposes in SpaceOctober 23, 2020
Experts believe that the car has already lost its paint, seats and tires
Experts from the LiveScience publication told what happens to the Tesla Roadster, which has spent 32 months in space: the car is already decomposing in a radioactive environment and after some time will turn into a pile of garbage consisting of inorganic parts.
According to chemist and expert on plastics and organic molecules, William Carroll, the Tesla Roadster is so close to Mars that it falls into the gravity zone of the Red Planet. The radiation has already destroyed some parts of the car – paint, leather seats and rubber. Carroll believes that over the next decades, the car will continue to decay, and at some point only a metal frame will remain of it. However, Tesla will remain recognizable as before.
The Falcon Heavy launch vehicle delivered the Tesla Roadster into space in February 2018. In August 2019, the electric car completed its first revolution around the Sun – it took 557 days. And on October 7, 2020 the roadster flew 7.41 million kilometers to Mars – this is the shortest distance a car could approach the planet.
As of September 2020, the speed of movement of the electric car in space was about 14.5 kilometers per second. It is expected that the closest approach to Earth, at a distance of 52 million kilometers, Tesla Roadster will make this fall, namely November 5.
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