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.


Apple took down the Apple Store to begin making some updates on Wednesday morning in anticipation of its imminent product announcement. But not before some stealthy leakers were able to pull the product names of the three new iPhones — the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR — straight from a snippet of XML code. That put an end to one of the announcement’s biggest mysteries.

If you’re passionate about getting your hands on the latest in Apple’s smartphone tech, you’ll definitely want to get your pre-orders ready for the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Building upon last year’s iPhone X release, the pair of 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED smartphones both have notched screens and improved facial recognition capabilities. But the eye-popping duo also set a new standard for Apple handsets to come.

Where the iPhone XS and XS Max bring brilliant displays and a new age of processing power, the iPhone Xr introduces unique color options. The 6.1-inch LCD handset fuses the notched-screen and Face ID features that set the iPhone X apart and breathes new life into the rainbow color palette that the 2015 iPhone 5c brought to market. It will start at $749 and it will ship by October 26.

That magical moment has arrived: Apple’s “Special Event” took place on Wednesday, September 12, and with it came a slew of announcements about new Apple products. One of those products is the Series 4 Apple Watch, and all the new features that come with it. Plenty of information about the gadget has leaked in recent days, but it wasn’t until Wednesday that new specs were revealed.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX will update the public on Monday on its deal to send a human on a trip around the moon, it announced Thursday night. The lunar recreational mission will be launched on BFR, the in-development rocket designed to launch humans to Mars. The journey will mark the first time a person on a private spacecraft will fly around the moon.