Orbiting Tesla Roadster Might Stay in Space a Long Time

The Roadster was launched into space on the Falcon Heavy rocket by SpaceX and is not coming back soon

For those wishing for a Tesla Roadster crashing back on Earth, there’s only bad news to hear: it’s not going to happen too soon.

Researchers from the University of Toronto performed simulations in order to determine the fate of the Roadster. The study says that the first close contact with Earth will happen somewhere in 2091, and there is a 6% chance that the Roadster will collide with earth over the next million years.

“We estimate the dynamical lifetime of the Tesla to be a few tens of millions of years,” read an excerpt from the study.

Behind the wheel of Elon Musk’s own car is not a very good driver, but a mannequin. Musk said that most rockets leave Earth carrying concrete or steel blocks, but that was too boring and ordinary. “Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel,” he said.

The study will be submitted to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and it has already been posted to Cornell University’s website.

Source: usatoday.com