Experts of the publication LiveScience told what happens to the Tesla Roadster electric car, which 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 came so close to Mars that it fell into the red planet’s gravity zone. The radiation had already destroyed some of the car’s paintwork, leather seats, and rubber. Carroll believes that over the next decades, the machine will continue to decompose, and at some point only a metal frame will remain of it. However, Tesla will still be recognizable.
The Falcon Heavy launch vehicle delivered the Tesla Roadster to space in February 2018. In August 2019, the electric car completed its first orbit around the Sun – it took 557 days. And on October 7, 2020, at 9:25 am Kiev time, the Roadster flew to Mars by 7.41 million kilometers – this is the smallest distance that a car could approach the planet.
As of September 2020, the speed of moving an electric car in space was about 14.5 kilometers per second. It is expected that the closest approach to Earth, at a distance of 52,000,000 kilometers, the Tesla Roadster will make this fall, namely on November 5.