We regret to inform you Elon Musk’s widely beloved Tesla Roadster could contaminate Mars.

Scientists at Purdue University have released a statement on the sports car and its captain, the now-infamous Starman. The researchers are concerned the car could be carrying an enormous load of bacteria from Earth, which could spell trouble in the slim chance it crashes into Mars.

“If there is an indigenous Mars biota, it’s at risk of being contaminated by terrestrial life,” Jay Melosh, a professor of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences at Purdue University, says in the press release. “Would Earth’s organisms be better adapted, take over Mars and contaminate it so we don’t know what indigenous Mars was like, or would they be not as well adapted as the Martian organisms? We don’t know.”

Melosh continued: “Even if [SpaceX] radiated the outside, the engine would be dirty. Cars aren’t assembled clean. And even then, there’s a big difference between clean and sterile.”

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Edited SpaceX PR image of Starman driving his Tesla convertible up Australia.

NASA has an Office of Planetary Protection that is primarily tasked with ensuring earthly spacecraft doesn’t contaminate other worlds. But the department doesn’t regulate spacecraft in orbit, and since the Roadster was never supposed to land, it wasn’t wiped of bacteria before takeoff. Inverse has reached out to SpaceX to see if the aerospace company took any measures to clean the vehicle before liftoff, but as of this writing, we have not heard back.

“The load of bacteria on the Tesla could be considered a biothreat, or a backup copy of life on Earth,” Alina Alexeenko, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Purdue, said in a statement.

Tesla "Starman" zooming off into the void.

NASA’s new planetary protection officer Lisa Pratt seems similarly disenchanted with the space car.

“We were supporting [SpaceX’s] launch, but we did not have a planetary protection plan in place,” she said in a presentation to the Planetary Science Advisory Committee, SpaceNews reports. “We have to figure out how to work closely, how to move forward in a collaborative posture so we don’t have another red Roadster up there in orbit.”

Even in the case the Tesla did crash into Mars — which is very unlikely based on its trajectory — it “could be millions of years before that happens,” according to the researchers at Purdue. So fingers crossed that the literal worst-case scenario doesn’t happen, and that Musk’s admittedly well-executed PR stunt doesn’t destroy the solar system.

Last week SpaceX pulled off yet another historic flight by launching and recovering one of its Falcon 9 rockets for a record-breaking third time. But the celebration was particularly short-lived: Days later, a subsequent mission went amiss after the first stage of another Falcon 9 splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after missing the landing pad at the Kennedy Air Force Base in Florida.

On Monday, scientists revealed the first images of a human inside the world’s newest total body scanner, called EXPLORER. The name is fitting because this scanner really leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination, tracking the way drugs and disease progress through every nook and cranny in the body.

Designed by biomedical engineering professor Simon Cherry, Ph.D., and biophysicist Ramsey Badawi, Ph.D. at University of California, Davis, this scanner produces images that look like a hybrid between a PET scan (which is often used to find tumors) and an X-ray, all in ghostly black and white. But what’s interesting about EXPLORER, which will be officially unveiled at the Radiological Society of North America meeting on November 24th, isn’t that it produces detailed images of tissues or bones. Cherry tells Inverse that it can also create 3D movies showing where certain drugs may end up in the body.

We’ve all been there: you’re out and your battery is at 5%. You’re frantically looking for an outlet for your phone in a crowded restaurant or train station. Your phone is like an extension of you so being without it isn’t just annoying, it can be crippling.

The BentoStack Charge is maybe the best solution to the battery life problem. It’s a wireless charger with both an easy to carry lid that charges your phone, and it comes with a storage box to carry a USB charger and even your wireless earbuds.

NASA wants to make the Clavius Base seen in 2001: A Space Odyssey real (or at least something close to it). The space agency recently published a marketing video on November 16 to hype up its ambitious plan to construct both orbiting and stationary lunar outposts.

The National Space Exploration Campaign Report proposes getting humans back on the moon “no later than 2029”, in compliance with the White House’s Space Policy Directive 1. The document states that an orbital lunar depot — called Gateway — along with advanced landers will be fully operational by 2028. NASA believes this infrastructure is a necessary stepping stone toward deeper space exploration.