I missed watching the Falcon Heavy launch live, nor did I watch the incredible footage of the boosters landing successfully next to each other. But I did log on to the live video feed showing a mannequin spaceman behind the wheel of a Tesla automobile as it orbits the earth.
How cool is that?
It was also mesmerizing, hypnotic, beautiful, not to mention an unbelievably effective advertising campaign for the car. Each time I looked at the computer (when they showed the car, of course...) I saw artwork, a scene worthy of a poster hanging in a space enthusiast's bedroom.
Seeing a car in space is cool, but when the earth came into view, it made things that much better. I even saw the reflection of the earth appear then move across the door of the car--absolutely stunning!
I know there's more to this project than just putting a car into space. It's groundbreaking and important to space exploration in the future. But as I looked at my computer screen and realized that flying high above the earth there's a spaceman sitting in a car traveling at around 17,000 m.p.h. and we get to watch it in real time.