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Source: Billionaire entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX Elon Musk speaks at the 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017 in Adelaide on September 29, 2017. Musk said his company SpaceX has begun serious work on the BFR Rocket as he plans an Interplanetary Transport System. / AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Experts Say That Elon Musk's Flying Space Car May Not Survive The Year

By Mark Joseph

Billionaire entrepreneur, Elon Musk, sent his Tesla Roadster and driver mannequin named Starman into space on Tuesday in pursuit of making interplanetary travel a reality. The car was launched into space with the help of the technologically advanced Falcon Heavy rocket, but Elon announced that the car had missed it's target of Mars and was heading towards the asteroid belt. 

Heading into a mass of swirling boulders isn't the only thing Elon should be concerned about. Experts say that the car will not last more than a year in space. 


In an interview with Live Science,  Indiana University chemist William Carroll said the car will eventually be cut up like a knife by radiation. 

 "All of the organics will be subjected to degradation by the various kinds of radiation that you will run into there. [Those materials] are made up of carbon-carbon bonds and carbon-hydrogen bonds. When you cut something with a knife, in the end, you're cutting some chemical bonds. Those organics, in that environment, I wouldn't give them a year."