Elon Musk Launches Rocket, and David Bowie's Voice, Into Mars' Orbit
    • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2018

    • Posted by: Elissa Fertig


    In a stunt that must have cost enough to feed several large African villages, Elon Musk's company SpaceX launched one of its first rockets into space today. The launch itself was a success (meaning it didn't blow up on the landing pad) and will now circle around the solar system and past Mars for a billion years. The point to this mission seems to be publicity, personal gain, and objective coolness, as the launch itself was quite risky in that it actually housed a cherry red Tesla sports car with a crash-test dummy inside of it, that would detach from the launcher once it got high enough into space. Inscribed onto the inside of the car that's now flying around Mars (which is better, the flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter or Elon Musk's flying rocket car? You decide...) are the words "Made on Earth by Humans". Hopefully extraterrestrial life can read English.

    Printed on the circuit board of a car in deep space

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    In a last-minute and ultimately unique decision for the highly successful and world famous engineer, Musk decided to keep "Space Oddity" by David Bowie playing in the rocket (car? Rocket? whichever) on loop, like, forever. The rocket has a launch life of literally a billion years, so even though there's no sound in space, the voice of David Bowie has actually been immortalized in outer space for the next one billion years as it orbits around Mars singing mournfully about Major Tom. Seems like a strangely ominous choice for a flying car with a crash-test dummy inside of it, but to each their own! What could possibly go wrong? All we know is that it seems like Major Tom and David Bowie have finally reached an appropriate final resting place in deep space. Commencing countdown, engines on.
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