Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster 'will be destroyed within a year'

Elon Musk's car in space 'will start to deterioratie within a year'

The car was launched with the Falcon Heavy rocket (Credit: Elon Musk Instagram)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Elon Musk has sent his Tesla Roadster into space and whilst the images of it are pretty remarkable now, one notable academic reckons it will be completely destroyed within a year. 

The car, which has a mannequin dressed in a spacesuit inside, was launched into space with SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday (February 6).

Although there is a chance the intergalactic roadster could collide with small meteors and space junk, the biggest risk is posed by radiation, according to William Carroll, an expert in plastics and organic molecules from Indiana University.

Radiation is produced by the sun and cosmic rays and in space there is no protection against it, whereas around earth the atmosphere and magnetic field form a shield.

Carroll claims the plastic and carbon-fibre used in the car will degrade due to the radiation, which will make the car fall apart, as if it had been cut up by a knife.

He says he doesn't believe the car will last any longer than a year due to the radiation. However some parts of it will be left - and those bits of debris could last for quite a long time.

In fact the aluminum frame, glass and internal metals that aren't destroyed by collisions could last for millions or billions of years.

The inter-galactic roadster was supposed to reach the orbit of Mars, however it has overshot and is now expected to reach a distance of 160 million miles from the Sun, The Verge reported.