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Dust, meteorites, cosmic rays and everything else currently destroying the Tesla in space

This probably isn't covered under Elon Musk's warranty...

Farewell, Starman!

Thanks to the successful Falcon Heavy launch on Tuesday, SpaceX shot a midnight cherry-red Tesla Roadster into space, with the top down, blaring David Bowie, and being “driven” by a mannequin in a SpaceX spacesuit.

So… Now what?

The Roadster is currently careening through space toward Mars’ orbit, but it’s possible the car could make an Earth flyby in the future—close enough that experienced telescope-enthusiasts may be, an astrophysicist at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. And with hazards like high-speed space dust and cosmic ray radiation, the Roadster may look a little different than it did in the on Tuesday.

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