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While there's some truth to the vastness of space, orbital mechanics follows some rules which might make space seem not so vast when you launch things into orbit. Even an orbit around the sun doesn't mean it won't crash back into the Earth, though it might take a long time to do that.
originally posted by: Reydelsol
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: Reydelsol
And this means there will be no additional debris the size of a car free floating in our solar system?
The sheer size of the solar system and the amount of space between the sun and the asteroid belt (where the car will pass near) is so massive that entire argument is irrelevant. You could crush down the entire earth and it would not fill a fraction of that space.
The sheer size scale is like a simple loose atom on a football field.
Each long loop around the sun brings the sports car a bit closer to a fiery meeting with our home world, researchers calculate.
ugh.... stay in your 2 bedroom home and keep the telly on.
safer that way.
originally posted by: 0bserver1
And wasn't that car heading for Mars but failed trajectory now heading to the kuyper belt ?
Lisa Pratt, an astrobiologist who had been a professor in Indiana University’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, was named the agency’s new planetary protection officer in January, and formally started on the job in early February. The position oversees NASA activities to ensure that they do not contaminate other worlds with terrestrial life or risk contaminating the Earth with any extraterrestrial life forms.
Pratt said her office is also interested in working with potential commercial missions to Mars and other worlds subject to planetary protection protocols. Such discussions, she said, were limited prior to the Feb. 6 launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying a Tesla Roadster sports car into a heliocentric orbit that goes beyond the orbit of Mars.
Her office received many questions about NASA’s role in planetary protection for that mission, she said. “The answer was little or nothing,” she said. “We were supporting their launch, but we did not have a planetary protection plan in place.”
She called for more collaboration with commercial ventures on the issue, and suggested that such missions need not be subject to the same stringent requirements as government missions, calling for “reasonable protocols and processes” for commercial missions.
originally posted by: AdKiller
You call him space man, post apocalyptics will call him the Red Knight satellite.
The Muskrat obviously isn't considerate of future humans. Think of all the religion that will form around this space junk some day.