"Space roadster" Elon Musk can infect the entire Mars
Launched into space with the help of super-heavy rocket company SpaceX Falcon Heavy electric Tesla Roadster can be a threat to Mars, say scientists from Purdue University (USA). The machine may sooner or later fall to the Red Planet and infect it with terrestrial bacteria, able to completely sweep it over time.
"Available on the car Tesla microbes can be regarded as a biological threat or a backup of life on Earth," - said Alina Alekseenko, professor of aviation and astronautics at Purdue University.
In a statement published on the website of the institution said that the NASA Planetary Defense Department officials are taking all to any spacecraft that could potentially be on other planets, were sterile. This is done in order to protect the local organisms, of course, if any.
"If on Mars there is a biological life, then there is a risk that these organisms are mixed with earth. Whether terrestrial organisms will be more able to adapt and colonize Mars, then we do not know what his biosphere? Or they will not be as strong as the Martian organisms? We do not know "- he said Professor Jay Meloche specializes in earth, atmospheric and planetary studies.
Since the vehicle was not intended to put somewhere else, then no procedures to clean the earth from microbes, he did not pass.
"Even if it was sterile on the outside, the engine can be messy. Machines are not going to clean. In addition, there is a large difference between the clean and sterile, "- says Meloche.
The fall sports car, created and launched companies Elon Musk, Mars is very unlikely, although the planet is on its way. In general, extremely low and high temperatures, low pressure, as well as cosmic radiation is detrimental to living organisms, however, has been shown including those conducted on the International Space Station experiments, some bacteria are able to with luck, to survive in a vacuum in a state of suspended animation.
On Earth, scientists have long used frozen or dehydration technology for their storage. This particularly concerns vaccines, biopharmaceuticals and microorganisms.
The researchers suggest that the Tesla Roadster will be in a space within a few tens of millions of years. So long stay in the space environment may become a kind of sterilizer. Several space missions to study other planets in the solar system are specifically designed considering the fact that after their completion research spacecraft could for a long time to be in orbits of these planets to space ultimately could destroy any possible form of life somehow would manage to survive on board these vehicles.