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.”

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.

The most fun thing about betting on sports — besides winning in the final seconds — is placing a prop bet. There’s nothing a weird and wild wager to take the edge off a more serious, analytical prediction. Regular gambling enthusiasts will often describe prop bets as having “juiced” odds, in that they are long — too long, some say — to be worth it. Sure, proposition bets have longer odds, but the payouts are higher, making them enticing to both bettors and bookies.

I once had a professor in college who said the best way not to lose things is to buy an expensive version of them. Pens, umbrellas, sunglasses, and so on. We’re ostensibly more inclined to keep track of and protect our items if they hold a high value.

Time and time again, I have proven this theory to be utter bunk. Know how many pairs of Ray-Bans I’ve left in dive bars? Two. Know how many pairs I’ve left in the Kips Bay AMC movie theater? One. That is too many and even if I deserve to have lost them for being an idiotI sometimes wonder if I should just buy a cheap pair of sunglasses and leave them wherever I please within two weeks of owning them.

SpaceX has set a new record for annual landings on a single drone ship, a key step in the company’s goal of making rockets reusable. The firm launched the Telstar 18 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit on Monday, with the first-stage booster returning to earth on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the fifth this year for the ship, and the first time more than four boosters have successfully landed on a single ship in one year.

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, better known as TESS, has one mission: To find exoplanets around the brightest stars near the Earth. In just five months, it’s clear TESS is up to the task. On Tuesday, NASA announced TESS had just identified two potential planets around distant stars and released the first set of images captured by TESS. In the same week, collaborators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research submitted two papers outlining the evidence for the two planets.

Like pours of cream spilled into coffee, lunar swirls appear to curl in patchy globs across the surface of the moon. The most famous one is the tadpole-shaped Reiner Gamma. At 40 miles long, it’s caught the eye of astronomers since the Renaissance. Exactly why the moon is replete with these natural features, however, has been a point of academic debate for the last 50 years. Now, scientists from Rutgers University and the University of California, Berkeley say they have an answer.