Hi. I’m Xeno, the head in the TV. Imagine you made a music video months ago where you fly around space in a red Tesla roadster, then, amazingly, you find out, months after making your video, that a real red Tesla is being launched into space. You release your music video the same day the Tesla is successfully launched, February 6, 2018. The Tesla is playing David Bowie music. Your birthday is the same as David Bowie’s. Add to this the irony that you run a blog about true strange things that happen in the world. This astronomically weird synchronicity happened to me today. The music video surpassed 15,000 views on YouTube as of Feb 7th, the day after the launch. How was your day?
The launch was a great success (other than the center module hitting the water at 300 mph). The roadster could now orbit the sun for the next billion years. Watch the lauch replay here. As promised, below is that highly unlikely music video we made before knowing about the Falcon Heavy and Starman. In it, my TV encapsulated head drives a red Tesla in space. Is my superpower weird coincidences? The Starman, absent unforseen disasters, will drive around the sun for a billion years.
I felt a pride in humanity as I watched this launch. It gives me hope that we can make it, that humanity may become interplanetary.
On the space travel song “High on Love (Can’t Get Too)” I play guitars and sing. Karen (best female guitar player I’ve worked with) had the chorus finished and I wrote and added the verses later. It was sort of a backwards engineering approach to songwriting. Challenge: Given a chorus, write verses that support it. Check out the result:
Stop by YouTube and leave a comment or give a thumbs up if you enjoy the song.
Finding out later that a Tesla was being launched into space was mind-blowing. According to Elon Musk, the red roadster will play David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on a loop as it cycles between Mars and the sun in hyperbolic orbit. The Tesla will be manned by a dummy driver Musk has called “Starman.”
t seemed so random at the time we made the video. Who would think that someone would launch a real red Tesla into space? For me this coincidence just one more in an incredible series of What the Heck’s.
When was it announced, that the Tesla would go up?
December 1, 2017.
In a pair of Twitter posts Friday night (Dec. 1), Musk said SpaceX’s huge new rocket — called the Falcon Heavy — will make its debut in January from the very same NASA launch pad that sent the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon: Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
“Falcon Heavy to launch next month from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape,” Musk wrote. “Will have double thrust of next largest rocket. Guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another.”
So that’s great news, right? Falcon Heavy will launch in January. Wait, it gets better.
“Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity,” Musk added in a follow-up tweet.
Okay, that’s wild. But then there’s this next thing.
“Destination is Mars orbit,” Musk wrote. “Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.”
When did we make the music video?
We rented the car on May 25th 2017 to make the video. (It was amazing to drive. I’d love to have one some day.) Anyway, we shot our red Tesla footage more than six (6) months before Elon announced a red Tesla (next model) would be launched into space, 190 days before it was announced, to be exact. We didn’t actually find out until much later than Elon’s announcement on December 1st, 2017, however, because we weren’t watching the news, we were working on other music.
For Falcon Heavy fans, like me, below is a video visualization of how SpaceX hoped today’s launch of a red Tesla to Mars would go. It shows the Falcon Heavy launch and how booster rockets maneuver for return and reuse. It worked! This is a new level of awesome for space flight.
If all goes well, then at 1:30pm EST, SpaceX will launch its Falcon Heavy rocket today. If successful, this will be the first successful launch of the giant rocket and would be the most powerful rocket currently in operation. Because this is a test flight, the rocket will not be launching any commercial payloads. Which is not to say that it will have nothing on board – the company intends to launch a cherry red Tesla Roadster. The second stage of the rocket will aim to put that car into a “precessing Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the Sun” according to a company statement.
The car itself will be equipped with sensors to gather data, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, as well as three cameras to capture its activity.
The first stage of the Falcon Heavy is comprised of three cores that are identical to the first stage of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket. Indeed, two of the cores are actually being reused from previous Falcon 9 launches, according to SpaceX. The company will be attempting to land all three of the boosters for future re-use.
Because this is the first flight, there’s a lot that can go wrong, and a launch failure isn’t out of the question. …
My favorite videos so far has David Bowie’s song Life on Mars synced with the visualizations of the Falcon Heavy launching.