SpaceX's Tesla Roadster could crash with Earth, experts reveal

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An analysis by Czech and Canadian researchers shows the electric auto made by Mr Musk's company Tesla has a 6 per cent chance of colliding with Earth over the next million years. Soon after the launch, Musk tweeted that the rocket followed a slightly different trajectory which raised a lot of assumptions. However, the auto is headed back and will crash into Earth, according to a few Canadian astrophysicists, reports Motherboard. The research further explained the possibility of encounters with other planets as well. The auto was launched in his first successful and most powerful rocket, which is supposed to be on an elliptical orbit around the Sun, which allows it to make several close passes to Mars during its mullion+ year lifespan.

The owner said he would provide more details after settling his insurance claim, but revealed that the passenger's arm hit the car's large touchscreen and "shattered it" during the crash. The calculations found that the Roadster would fly past Mars orbit and swing back around repeatedly. It will pass within about 68.7 million miles of Mars on June 10 and cross the red planet's orbit in July before reaching its farthest distance from the sun - 154.7 million miles - on November 9. That's when Starman will come within about 68-million miles of the red planet.

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Then the auto and driver sink back toward the inner solar system, endlessly circling the sun on a journey that in 2091 will put them nearly on a collision course with Earth, coming within a couple hundred thousand miles of the home planet. The first close encounter, they say in a paper published Tuesday, will occur later this century in 2091.

Because it isn't possible to predict the car's journey accurately once hundreds of years have passed, researchers instead ran 3 million years' worth of simulations to determine statistically likely outcomes.

The group calculated that the roadster has a 6% chance of colliding with Earth and a 2.5% probability of hitting Venus over the next million years. Now in an orbit that intersects the paths of both Earth and Mars, the Roadster will be kicked around a bit by close encounters with these planets early on. It means, even if the vehicle hits the Earth, it would be a negligible compared to its current size. "We know the object comes from Earth, so the question is where will it go from here", Dr Rein, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, told BBC News. The rocket successfully boosted the Tesla Roadster into a heliocentric orbit around the Sun and now, it is heading towards the Martian Orbit.

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