Let’s Go Now, *LIVE* Into Space!
From the live feed:
SpaceX Live Views of Starman CAR IN SPACE!
On February 6th 3:45pm EST SpaceX launched their amazing Falcon Heavy rocket.
In the nose of the rocket was STARMAN sitting in his Tesla car! It is hoped the car will be
thrown into an elliptical orbit that stretches out to Mars’ orbit around the Sun.
The car will take at least six months to travel the 200 million miles to Mars.
Okay, so I’m watching.. you’re watching.. we’re all watching…..
When you have billions of dollars and the technology and let’s face it, a wicked sense of humor,
then sure, you can launch your toys into space on a whim.
Or as a statement… but what statement exactly?
It all depends on what you, yourself, choose to draw from this experience.
Consider this… just to put things into perspective:
Here we are, watching a live camera feed in high definition – from cameras mounted on
an electric automobile (which in itself is a step up from yesterday’s engine – away from what
future generations will regard as an old relic akin to the soot pouring ships and trains of
centuries gone by ) – but this – a promise of tomorrow’s clean and bright possibilities.
And this automobile has been launched into space by a reusable vehicle, the Falcon Heavy,
which in itself is a modern technological marvel.
And now, from upon the shoulders of these collective human achievements ,
and from this resulting vantage point, you and I can look down upon this very real ball of life,
this round (ROUND!) planetary body on which we both, and all exist upon at this very
moment – on which every human being has ever lived and died, and fought and loved-
and there it is – round and beautiful and blue – and rare.
Take a moment – to admire and revel in this view.
This is us. There we are.
You’re looking at this stark reality and beauty, juxtaposed through the windshield of a car,
sure, tomorrow’s car, with a smirk and a wink, in something so over the top and silly
and.. whimsical? Why? Because we can!
It’s a slap back to the bright future, a smack in the forehead of anti-intellectualism.
A reminder that as a species, we’re not so entirely dumb after all – remember?
We can smart! Together we can SMART!
Is this the greatest car commercial ever made? Maybe.
Is this a reminder of our place in the universe? Perhaps.
Are we living in the technological age of wizardry that we used to dream of?
So it would seem.
A hundred different thoughts and very real emotions can flood through the mind
at once with a sight like this. And that’s okay. Let it flood, drink it in.
All these thoughts and feelings and ideas – and we (in this bright red convertible,
sitting, with the space-suited dummy aka”StarMan” let’s not forget) – have barely
left the Earth in the trip towards Mars. So inspired and yet, the journey has only barely begun.
If the intent was to simply engage the human mind, and light a spark within…
Then hats off (and thinking caps on) to Mr.Elon Musk.
Update – If you had the strangest feeling of deja-vu, then you are not alone,
AND you are not going crazy. It looks like somebody might have been inspired
by the opening scene from the classic 1981 movie “Heavy Metal” – check it out..
Update #2: Some glorious, ridiculous bastard just read my mind and
blended the 2018 Starman footage with Riggs – Radar Rider from Heavy Metal.
Nicely done…(golf clap)