Elon Musk and Space X successfully launched the most powerful rocket since NASA’s Saturn V into space. The ambitious launch was made more impressive by the remarkable visual of the rocket’s side boosters returning to Earth and simultaneously touching down on a landing pad like a scene from a Hollywood sci-fi flick.
While the boosters were softly landing, the Falcon’s main faring released a Tesla Roadster with a spaceman dummy driver on a path toward Mars. The vehicle’s radio played David Bowie’s Space Oddity on a loop over the radio with the words ‘Don’t Panic’ written on the main dashboard display.
Per The Guardian:
“The Roadster, still attached to the rocket’s upper stage, will spend hours zapped by radioactive rays in the Van Allen belts. After that, all being well, the upper stage boosters will fire one last time, pushing the Tesla out towards its elliptical orbit around Mars. If things don’t go to plan, it could orbit Earth, potentially indefinitely.”
The video of the Tesla and it’s spaceman calmly cruising through space like a Sunday drive seem like a scene from a Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, The images of the ROUND Earth in the background are breathtaking. Elon Musk is a genius who, like Edison and Tesla, understands the importance of capturing the public’s imagination to promote his ideas.
This is incredible.