We drove a Tesla Model 3 around NY with MKBHD

We drove a Tesla Model 3 around NY with MKBHD

Elon Musk's cherry-red Tesla Roadster launched on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6, but we stopped getting images from its on-board cameras shortly after.

If the Roadster ends up heading back toward Earth, it will nearly certainly be burned up in the atmosphere. One is the lack of an option to open the glove compartment after the main display has been shattered - a plausible possibility in a crash, I'm sure you'll agree - and the other, closely related and a lot more stingy, the fact that the shattered screen might end up in your face, chest or arms. While rocket test flights usually have a dummy payload, SpaceX founder Elon Musk sent up his personal Tesla Roadster instead.

The rocket of the American private company follows a very elliptical orbit around the Sun, extending beyond Mars.

The roadster was launched with the aim of orbiting the Sun while being in a close proximity to Mars for the next billion years unless the space radiation doesn't tear the vehicle apart. That's when Starman will come within about 68-million miles of the red planet. This will be a continuous trajectory for the Roadster until it finally flybys near Earth and other planets where it will be subjected to gravitational pull force of these planets.

Although there is a chance the Tesla will crash into Earth in the next million years, the researchers say such a collision probably won't happen for a while - and that most of the vehicle will probably burn up in the atmosphere. "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 6 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively". The probability of falling on our planet rises to 10% after three million years and to 50% after several tens of millions of years.

People who are concerned about an asteroid crashing into Earth and destroying our planet might be better off worrying about the Tesla Roadster Elon Musk launched into space earlier this month.

While the car's likely final destination is Earth, they note there's nothing to fear since much or all of it will likely burn up in the atmosphere. Hanno Rein, a planetary motion specialist at the University of Toronto, said, "The bottom line is we can't predict with certainty what's going to happen after just a few hundred years because it's a chaotic orbit and we can only draw conclusions in a statistical sense".

Printed on the circuit board of the red Tesla Roadster in deep space.