The random walk of cars and their collision probabilities with planets

  title={The random walk of cars and their collision probabilities with planets},
  author={Hanno Rein and Daniel Tamayo and David Vokrouhlicky},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
On February 6th, 2018 SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster on a Mars crossing orbit. We perform N-body simulations to determine the fate of the object over the next several million years, under the relevant perturbations acting on the orbit. The orbital evolution is initially dominated by close encounters with the Earth. The first close encounter with the Earth will occur in 2091. The repeated encounters lead to a random walk that eventually causes close encounters with other terrestrial planets… Expand

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