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#1 HouseBuilder328

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 12:58 PM

Just recently getting into space interests, I've been reading a lot about SpaceX. But how long could can the Tesla roadster actually survive in space due to solar radiation, other cosmic radiation and aren't very small meteorites that have a high chance of impacting it? Wouldn't the leather and rubber tires already be worn out? what about the paint?

 

Looks like some big telescopes are tracking the Tesla.

 

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 01:03 PM

I see no apparent  harm. There's a TON of space junk floating around



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Posted 28 April 2019 - 01:17 PM

It probably will remain intact for many thousands of years.  Maybe a LOT longer - like millions of years.  Possibly even longer.

 

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 02:12 PM

Voyager 1 has been in space for over 40 years and is still working :)



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Posted 29 April 2019 - 02:20 PM

Actually, the big telescopes have more important things to do than track Musk's car in space.  Furthermore, all they would see is a point of light.



#6 Mister T

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Posted 29 April 2019 - 03:10 PM

Actually, the big telescopes have more important things to do than track Musk's car in space.  Furthermore, all they would see is a point of light.

the lights are still on!?

good test if you can split the with your scope!


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Posted 30 April 2019 - 10:03 AM

I'd expect a certain amount of dry rot in the tires and upholstery by now.



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Posted 01 May 2019 - 07:50 AM

I'd expect a certain amount of dry rot in the tires and upholstery by now.

Good luck collecting on that!

definately over the warranty milage.

 

or should it be kilometerage?



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Posted 01 May 2019 - 09:57 AM

Good luck collecting on that!

definately over the warranty milage.

 

or should it be kilometerage?

If I understand right, it was already out of warranty before it was launched!

 

I guess if you're going to launch "flight proven" rockets, you should use them to launch "road proven" cars!




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