But how many of us even considered sticking a camera on it when we saw that they were launching a Roadster? I sure didn’t. My only thought was to gain access to it after a few years in space as a materials exposure experiment - which is impractical.
It won’t do it the way it would in a nitrogen/oxygen environment, but it’ entirely possible that the materials there could ablate, vaporize,melt or otherwise gain energy enough to produce all sorts of funky results. I mention this because oxygen could be freed from the materials themselves and trigger something akin to fire, at a very small scale. It’s why space agencies run long duration exposure experiments with all sorts of different materials. NASA has the MISSE series.
Here’s the materials panel from the MISSE 2 mission, which exposed a bunch of polymers. That changes have taken place is obvious.