Yup, Flat-Earthers Think the Falcon Heavy Launch Was a Conspiracy

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By Stephanie Pappas

Yesterday’s successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket also sent an unusual payload into space: a cherry-red Tesla Roadster “manned” by a dummy named Starman and equipped with cameras that provided gorgeous views of Earth against the backdrop of space.

But flat-Earthers aren’t buying it.

“People who believe that the Earth is a globe because ‘they saw a car in space on the Internet’ must be the new incarnation of ‘It’s true, I saw it on TV!’ It’s a poor argument,” tweeted The Flat Earth Society, an organization dedicated to spreading the (incorrect) notion that the Earth is not round. “Why would we believe any privately held company to report the truth?” the organization added.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. @OP – Yesterday’s successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket also sent an unusual payload into space:
    a cherry-red Tesla Roadster “manned” by a dummy

    Perhaps the dummy was a Flat-Earther! 🙂

    named Starman

    Is there some way to tell a tape loop from an up-dated Flat-Earth tweet?

    The Flat-Earthists are probably just trying to seek attention, in the hope of being appointed to the Trump cabinet on a good salary, as emissaries to his proposed “renegotiated” Paris Climate accord! 🙂

  2. …. the hope of being appointed to the Trump cabinet on a good salary…

    Given Trump’s avowed policy of only hiring ‘the best people’, there can be little doubt that limousine driver, self-taught rocket maker, and flat-Earth conspiracy theorist “Mad” Mike Hughes has a good chance of being nominated for a senior administrator role within NASA.

  3. Should have been called the Stig.

    Much cynicism from flat earthers is generated by the model-like appearance of the Tesla and Stig-u-Like.

    CAD users, like me, who aren’t too good at setting the lighting for their rendering engine know how an intended reality remains model-like. The lack of light scattered off clouds or walls, or light diffused through a dusty atmosphere softening contrast dynamically with distance, makes even real things appear virtual.

  4. it may not be a conspiracy
    but putting his car in space is lunacy
    what a self-aggrandizing geek he is
    may the asteroid belt him hard
    may the red god of war turn his car to a shard

  5. Well q, it was that or a lump of iron or concrete as ballast.

    Of course, I can’t let you stand in the way of major eco improvement for the planet.

    EVs can run off the sun and the wind, the tides and the fission at the core of the planet. Indeed they facilitate renewables in profoundly important ways. Further, they will facilitate the dramatic reduction in manufacturing we urgently need for a truly circular economy, with double to quadruple the life and a modularity that extends this further for many components. (Electric motors, need only tiny replaceable sleeve beaarings and vacuum overmoulded windings to have them last hundreds of years. At 98% efficiency already they are not any longer improve-able.)

    What you should be objecting to is the use of RP-1 (fossil) fuel for the Falcon Heavy lifter. It would be entirely feasible to replace this with an algal bio-diesel equivalent.

  6. q, I wouldn’t want to disappoint.

    I have great sympathy for your position. Roads are stuffed with too many cars and far too few ride bikes. Myself, though I use trains exclusively in and around London and into Europe, my car is an increasing boon as I age and play Uber driver for my scattered kids and their stuff. It is a source of delight allowing me to spend more time with them and allowing them to use their precious time more efficiently. Truly, its like having your life lengthened.

    Cars won’t go away and soon that train eco-advantage will be handsomely aced with autonomous vehicles auto-convoying. (My 70mpg vehicle gets a ten mpg plus uplift when motorway convoying/slipstreaming. This will go up dramatically with 1 metre virtual coupling. Capacity will sky-rocket, accidents and journey time plummet.) 30 to 50 years will sort it. But we have to start the journey and stick with it.

    All the while car journeys should become less needed.

    More than anything I wish I could persuade you that the journey, however distasteful now, is headed in the right direction, even if Detroit continues to be a dummy.

  7. i’m afraid your mention of detroit has driven some doggerel

    mars bars cars

    *the new prince of geeks of hubris he reeks
    by launching a monster space ship
    sending one of his cars to orbit round mars
    on a self aggrandizing trip
    his cargo cult fans applauding his plans
    mars bounty they hope to exploit
    he’ll make us all rich is their loony pitch
    by turning mars into detroit

    but the best laid schemes of musk’s hubris dreams
    have pissed off the red god of war
    who spurns the approach of the roadster coach
    with a gravity grinding jar
    of martian brute force careering off course
    the tesla’s been given the belt
    where asteroids space hemorrhoids
    right up its ass will be felt*

    happy darwin day phil
    they got charles darwin trapped out there on highway 5
    judge says to the high sherriff ‘I want him dead or alive
    either way I don’t care’

  8. @OP – Yup, Flat-Earthers Think the Falcon Heavy Launch Was a Conspiracy

    But the Flat Earthers KNOW that it’s a conspiracy because the Earth IS flat!! –
    What’s more, the Young Earth Creationists have pointed out to the Flat Earthers, that claims to fly atomic clocks which give accurate dates and times over millions of years, confirms it is a conspiracy! 🙂
    Those scientists have to conspire, because they just can’t do “proper faith”! 🙂

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2018/02/the-next-falcon-heavy-will-carry-the-most-powerful-atomic-clock-ever-launched-into-space/

  9. turning mars into detroit

    palo alto.

    mars bars cars

    unlike the moon.

    Happy d-day q.

    I hope you celebrate Noam Chomsky day too. Have you seen Captain Fantastic? I can recommend.

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