Space pioneer and entrepreneur Elon Musk recently sent a car into space
But there has been an outrageous rumour started on the website Reddit that it was a cover to dispose of a body.
The page is titled: “Elon Musk got away with the perfect murder by sending the body to Mars.”
One Redditor suggested: “Elon Musk launched a car into space with a dummy in a spacesuit in the driver’s seat.
The outrageous theory has gathered more than 17,000 votes and 500 responses.
Speculation over the “victim” range from rival spaceflight entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, actress Amber Heard and fictional movie assassin John Wick.
Others suggested there could be two bodies, a second one in the trunk or even the mystery passenger is a cloned version of Mr Musk returning to his home planet.
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Elon Musk is not one to shy away from conspiracy theories. He once tweeted: “Why is there no Flat Mars society?”
To which the Flat Earth Society responded: “Hi Elon, thanks for the question. Unlike the Earth, Mars has been observed to be round.”
Mr Musk made history after the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy – the most powerful and heaviest rocket ever built.
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“Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel.
“The payload will be an original Tesla Roadster, playing Space Oddity, on a billion year elliptic Mars orbit.”
However, scientists believe that Mr Musk’s claims are slightly ambitious.
An outrageous rumour was started on the website Reddit that it was a cover to dispose of a body
Earth is protected from most of the radiation in space by the atmosphere. But the Tesla, in the vacuum of space, is not afforded such privileges.
The energy in the radiation from the Sun will cause bonds to snap, and scientists do not believe the car will last a year.
William Carroll, a chemist at Indiana University and expert in plastics and organic molecules, told Live Science: “All of the organics will be subjected to degradation by the various kinds of radiation that you will run into there.
r Musk made history after the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy
“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.”