#StarMan: Watch live views of Elon Musk's SpaceX 'pilot' driving Tesla Roadster in Space


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/06/car-in-space-elon-musk.html


#2

giphy2


#3

I was promised flying cars - close enough.


#4

I want one.


#5

More space junk. Meh.


#6

Even I could park with that much room…


#7

I want THAT one.


#8

That is so incredibly cool. The stream is nice, but it would be great to hear real-time mission updates. I guess the center core return is not televised?


#10

Let’s see reentry


#11

Do be honest. Seeing those twin boosters touch down…and the ferring come of the Tesla was a big “WHOO WHOO” moment for me. I smiled.

It was a test flight. For a heavy launch vehicle. …so the guy says…hey instead of a bunch of concrete blocks…let’s launch my car.

The major takeaway is that it brought back something spaceflight needed…a ‘cool factor’. The “Whoo Whoo” moment where you cheer and smile.


#12

Seen it.


#13

I think Elon watched Heavy Metal one too many times.


#14

Don’t worry, it’s not intended to stay in our planetary neighborhood.


#15

i-want-it-now-veruca-salt-gif


#16

It would have been a heavy junk payload regardless, because it won’t be more earth-orbit junk unless something goes wrong, I believe it’s supposed to to into a heliocentric mars-injection orbit as part of the test. More interesting than a big brick.


#17

A crazy, mad-scientist pioneered a currency transfer system, became a billionaire, created a car company that is revolutionizing the industry, and then proceeded to shoot his personal car to Mars. This happened.

Centuries from now there will be a serious church that whorships Elon Musk.


#18

According to this tweet from Dec.
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/939005893634506752

There’s a copy of the Hitchhikers Guide in the glove compartment…and a towel.


#19

OH fuck - you remember how that ends, right?

https://youtu.be/NWmra9ZGiTE?t=29s

Shit - this is how it ends, right?


#20

Don’t forget NASA’s blatant product placement for the 1971 Chevy Luna.

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#21

It turned out the center core was lost–apparently only one of the three engines fired and it crashed into the ocean.

Still the most amazing thing I’ve seen in a very long time. The synchronized landing of the other two boosters was mind-boggling.