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The Fate of Elon Musk's Roadster Looks Like a Real Bummer — for Elon Musk

Though it has been less than a month since SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy into space, astronomers have already been plotting the possible course for the rocket’s payload, Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster. While there’s definitely no chance of Musk getting his car back, scientists say there’s a (slim) possibility of it one day crashing into Earth — eventually.

A paper published on ArXiv on February 13, superbly titled “The random walk of cars and their collision probabilities with planets,” details “the fate” of the Roadster and its captain. According to the researchers’ calculations, over the course of the next million years, the Tesla has only a six percent chance of smashing into our planet. So even if Elon Musk develops a cryogenic chamber suit to selfishly keep himself alive for millions of years, he still won’t get to give his car another spin.


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The team made their calculations using information about the orbits of various solar system planets from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Horizons database. “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 researchers write. “We estimate the dynamical lifetime of the Tesla to be a few tens of millions of years.”

Beep, beep.

The Tesla’s trajectory has been notoriously unpredictable so far. The payload was supposed to reach a kind of heliocentric orbit known as a trans-Mars injection but was overshot. It was then supposed to reach the asteroid belt, but astronomers quickly pointed out that it would actually fall millions of miles short.

That said, at least you don’t have to wait millions of years to find out where Musk’s car is. A new site aptly called whereisroadster lets anyone keep tabs on the midnight cherry spacemobile.

While a space car crash landing would certainly make for one hell of a homecoming, the reality is, none of us will be around to see it. That’s because we’ll all be dead and long forgotten — our memories lost to the void.


Tesla Model Y Price: Elon Musk Unveils the Long-Awaited $39,000 Electric SUV

After almost four years of anticipation, Tesla unveiled the Model Y Thursday in Los Angeles, and CEO Elon Musk revealed that the all-electric SUV will start at $39,000 with four variants: a Standard Range, Long Range, Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive, and Performance version, which will have a top speed of 150 miles per hour and cost $60,000.

Tesla Solar Roof: Elon Musk Declares 2019 Will Be the Year of the Roof

The boost follows a tough year, hampered by Tesla Model 3 production.

Tesla is going to focus its efforts on the Solar Roof for the coming year, CEO Elon Musk told an audience Thursday. The company’s energy-collecting tiles, which look like a standard roof to the untrained eye, have wowed onlookers with their sleek design but have so far only made their way to a handful of houses. Based on Musk’s comments, that’s all about to change.

Tesla Model Y: Elon Musk Announces Release Date for Electric SUV

Tesla's next car will debut in March.

Update: The Tesla Model Y has made its debut. Watch the video above to see it roll onto the stage at the Tesla Design Studio in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

The Long Range version of the Model Y will be available in the fall of 2020, and the starting price is $47,000 for the vehicle that has a 300-mile range and a top speed of 130 mph.

The Best Wireless Earbuds for Audio Quality

What truly wireless earbuds are actually worth your time?

Filed Under Amazon, Apple & Music

While we’ve been well on our way to a truly wireless existence (I’m looking at you, umbilical cord) in almost every facet of our life, the “truly wireless” headphone segment has been dominated by Apple’s AirPods, and for good reason. They’re the headphones to beat when it comes to ease of use, and seemingly every manufacturer is trying to best Apple with their own AirPod alternative.

You Can Save Up to 30 Percent on Your Power Bill With Arcadia Power

Connect to clean, low-cost energy and bring down your power bill for free.

Filed Under Energy & Power

Given the chance, most of us would jump at the opportunity to bring down our power bills. But, there’s a prevailing assumption that doing so involves dealing with steep upfront costs before the savings actually come in. Arcadia Power presents a different solution, however, and it’s willing to give new users $20 off their first utility bill for trying out the platform.