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2018-01-31 09:24:29 AM  
Did you mean "Mars rovers" submitter?
 
2018-01-31 09:34:24 AM  
If they don't play Radar Rider by Riggs when they deploy that thing, they suck.
 
2018-01-31 09:55:15 AM  

Voiceofreason01: Did you mean "Mars rovers" submitter?


Rover could carry a passenger though.
 
2018-01-31 10:16:52 AM  
The article says: "At separation, the Roadster will be going between 11.5 and 11.8 km/s relative to Earth," McDowell says in an email. "This is 25,700 to 26,400 mph, so say about 26,000 mph give or take."

According to the National Air and Space Museum, the maximum velocity reached by Saturn V was 24,500 mph.
 
2018-01-31 10:38:04 AM  

Dansker: The article says: "At separation, the Roadster will be going between 11.5 and 11.8 km/s relative to Earth," McDowell says in an email. "This is 25,700 to 26,400 mph, so say about 26,000 mph give or take."

According to the National Air and Space Museum, the maximum velocity reached by Saturn V was 24,500 mph.


Wouldn't it have been pushing a lot more mass though?
 
2018-01-31 10:47:19 AM  

Voiceofreason01: Did you mean "Mars rovers" submitter?


There have been lunar rovers, and India is planning to send one up soon. Also see: Google LunarX Prize.

/ not subby
 
2018-01-31 11:04:18 AM  
I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.
 
2018-01-31 11:06:33 AM  
They use a wiggle term "street legal"
 
2018-01-31 11:17:01 AM  

sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.


His money, his choice.
The same as you.
 
2018-01-31 11:22:20 AM  

sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.


Isn't this basically a test flight? If something goes wrong, it's better to blow up one of your own cars than someone else's super expensive satellite.
 
2018-01-31 11:26:01 AM  

sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.


It's a test of the launch vehicle and there is a good chance that something will fail. Would you risk putting an expensive satellite on it as well? If it wasn't the car it would be filled with steel plates, a tank of water, or something similar.
 
2018-01-31 11:29:00 AM  
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2018-01-31 11:33:48 AM  

sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.


Why on Earth would this be grounds for losing "a lot of respect for Musk"? It's a test flight, the first test flight ever of a new system. They fully expect the whole thing to explode rather than reach orbit.

How does it make any sense to put anything of value in the rocket they are expecting to explode before it hits orbit? Putting something disposable in there (Elon can afford a new car) that also happens to have a decent amount of mass makes a lot more sense. Going through the expense and trouble of getting someone to make you a space-worthy satellite for a first test flight would be a massive waste.
 
2018-01-31 11:36:29 AM  

Voiceofreason01: Did you mean "Mars rovers" submitter?


The Lunar Rovers can be interpreted as cars (shorted from the original 'carriage') but a Martian Rover is in no way designed or intended to carry passengers or cargo and thus is not a 'car', imho.
 
2018-01-31 11:46:27 AM  
Meh. I lost respect for Elon Musk when I saw him talk. The cult of personality that built up around him made ignoring most of what comes out of his mouth easier.

He does make stuff, which is useful.
 
2018-01-31 11:49:41 AM  

sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.


"Doing something useful" means sending up a satellite that costs hundreds of millions of dollars. Given that there's a very good chance that this thing is going to explode, who would want to risk that on a test flight?
 
2018-01-31 12:01:34 PM  
Musk better make sure to not use the Tesla's autopilot feature to drive the Falcon Heavy.  It doesn't have the greatest of track records.  Oh and don't forget to deflate the tires before liftoff.  You don't need 35psi bombs going off on ascent.

@ Doing something useful... it's a test flight, it's already useful.  You want to make sure your rocket isn't going to turn 39A into a giant fireball.  You might as well have a simulated payload on it that actually weighs a bit.
 
2018-01-31 12:07:26 PM  

RoomFullOfMonkeys: sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.

"Doing something useful" means sending up a satellite that costs hundreds of millions of dollars. Given that there's a very good chance that this thing is going to explode, who would want to risk that on a test flight?


Came here to say this.  No one would risk their satellite on a free launch when it's the first flight.

/Flight Test Engineer
 
2018-01-31 12:21:56 PM  

Gubbo: Dansker: The article says: "At separation, the Roadster will be going between 11.5 and 11.8 km/s relative to Earth," McDowell says in an email. "This is 25,700 to 26,400 mph, so say about 26,000 mph give or take."

According to the National Air and Space Museum, the maximum velocity reached by Saturn V was 24,500 mph.

Wouldn't it have been pushing a lot more mass though?


But the speed is the question here. If it's going slower, then the rocket delivering the lunar rover wasn't going as fast.

lindalouwho: Voiceofreason01: Did you mean "Mars rovers" submitter?

There have been lunar rovers, and India is planning to send one up soon. Also see: Google LunarX Prize.

/ not subby


There has been only one lunar rover that belongs in the context of TFA, though:
img.fark.netView Full Size



They're obviously talking about a passenger vehicle.
 
2018-01-31 12:26:16 PM  

Mikey1969: Gubbo: Dansker: The article says: "At separation, the Roadster will be going between 11.5 and 11.8 km/s relative to Earth," McDowell says in an email. "This is 25,700 to 26,400 mph, so say about 26,000 mph give or take."

According to the National Air and Space Museum, the maximum velocity reached by Saturn V was 24,500 mph.

Wouldn't it have been pushing a lot more mass though?

But the speed is the question here. If it's going slower, then the rocket delivering the lunar rover wasn't going as fast.

lindalouwho: Voiceofreason01: Did you mean "Mars rovers" submitter?

There have been lunar rovers, and India is planning to send one up soon. Also see: Google LunarX Prize.

/ not subby

There has been only one lunar rover that belongs in the context of TFA, though:
[img.fark.net image 850x850]


They're obviously talking about a passenger vehicle.


No, I mean if you reduced the mass of the Apollo command module, the LEM, and everything else down to just the weight of a small car, the Saturn V would have been going a lot faster. Probably. I think. Or is there a specific speed needed to be in the right transfer orbits. Ummm.... dammit space is hard.
 
2018-01-31 12:26:22 PM  

sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.


I guess on these demo vehicle launches they would ordinarily launch concrete blocks or water tanks. Mostly because no one wants to risk really expensive hardware on something that could a'splode.
 
2018-01-31 12:26:53 PM  

sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.


It's more likely to go bang, and a very very large bang, than it is to get into orbit.
 
2018-01-31 12:28:51 PM  

Dansker: The article says: "At separation, the Roadster will be going between 11.5 and 11.8 km/s relative to Earth," McDowell says in an email. "This is 25,700 to 26,400 mph, so say about 26,000 mph give or take."

According to the National Air and Space Museum, the maximum velocity reached by Saturn V was 24,500 mph.


The article also says the Tesla will be fastest "by a couple tens of thousands of miles per hour."
 
2018-01-31 12:29:35 PM  

Mikey1969: Gubbo: Dansker: The article says: "At separation, the Roadster will be going between 11.5 and 11.8 km/s relative to Earth," McDowell says in an email. "This is 25,700 to 26,400 mph, so say about 26,000 mph give or take."

According to the National Air and Space Museum, the maximum velocity reached by Saturn V was 24,500 mph.

Wouldn't it have been pushing a lot more mass though?

But the speed is the question here. If it's going slower, then the rocket delivering the lunar rover wasn't going as fast.

lindalouwho: Voiceofreason01: Did you mean "Mars rovers" submitter?

There have been lunar rovers, and India is planning to send one up soon. Also see: Google LunarX Prize.

/ not subby

There has been only one lunar rover that belongs in the context of TFA, though:
[img.fark.net image 850x850]


They're obviously talking about a passenger vehicle.


Pretty sure more than one Apollo mission landed a man-carrying Lunar Rover.
 
2018-01-31 12:34:13 PM  

Gubbo: Mikey1969: Gubbo: Dansker: The article says: "At separation, the Roadster will be going between 11.5 and 11.8 km/s relative to Earth," McDowell says in an email. "This is 25,700 to 26,400 mph, so say about 26,000 mph give or take."

According to the National Air and Space Museum, the maximum velocity reached by Saturn V was 24,500 mph.

Wouldn't it have been pushing a lot more mass though?

But the speed is the question here. If it's going slower, then the rocket delivering the lunar rover wasn't going as fast.

lindalouwho: Voiceofreason01: Did you mean "Mars rovers" submitter?

There have been lunar rovers, and India is planning to send one up soon. Also see: Google LunarX Prize.

/ not subby

There has been only one lunar rover that belongs in the context of TFA, though:
[img.fark.net image 850x850]


They're obviously talking about a passenger vehicle.

No, I mean if you reduced the mass of the Apollo command module, the LEM, and everything else down to just the weight of a small car, the Saturn V would have been going a lot faster. Probably. I think. Or is there a specific speed needed to be in the right transfer orbits. Ummm.... dammit space is hard.


It's almost like you have to be a rocket scientist.

/ runs
 
2018-01-31 12:35:09 PM  

Ivo Shandor: sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.

It's a test of the launch vehicle and there is a good chance that something will fail. Would you risk putting an expensive satellite on it as well? If it wasn't the car it would be filled with steel plates, a tank of water, or something similar.


They could cobble together something for a few million dollars something as simple as a small camera system using off the shelf parts and solar panels with a few batteries . Sending his car strikes me as pure vanity.  It's his money to waste so....
 
2018-01-31 12:38:03 PM  

Mikey1969: Gubbo: Dansker: The article says: "At separation, the Roadster will be going between 11.5 and 11.8 km/s relative to Earth," McDowell says in an email. "This is 25,700 to 26,400 mph, so say about 26,000 mph give or take."

According to the National Air and Space Museum, the maximum velocity reached by Saturn V was 24,500 mph.

Wouldn't it have been pushing a lot more mass though?

But the speed is the question here. If it's going slower, then the rocket delivering the lunar rover wasn't going as fast.

lindalouwho: Voiceofreason01: Did you mean "Mars rovers" submitter?

There have been lunar rovers, and India is planning to send one up soon. Also see: Google LunarX Prize.

/ not subby

There has been only one lunar rover that belongs in the context of TFA, though:
[img.fark.net image 850x850]


They're obviously talking about a passenger vehicle.


For passengers? You mean like on the Apollo missions?
 
2018-01-31 12:38:37 PM  

Gubbo: It's more likely to go bang, and a very very large bang, than it is to get into orbit.


I know you're right. And I love when stuff blows up (usually--especially when no one is hurt and there's no property damage. See username). But I really hope it works. It'll be cool to see synchronized booster landings.
 
2018-01-31 12:44:08 PM  

sithon: Ivo Shandor: sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.

It's a test of the launch vehicle and there is a good chance that something will fail. Would you risk putting an expensive satellite on it as well? If it wasn't the car it would be filled with steel plates, a tank of water, or something similar.

They could cobble together something for a few million dollars something as simple as a small camera system using off the shelf parts and solar panels with a few batteries . Sending his car strikes me as pure vanity.  It's his money to waste so....


Why waste what you yourself characterized as costing millions of dollars? You don't seem to be ready to think clearly about this.
 
2018-01-31 01:04:38 PM  

mongbiohazard: sithon: Ivo Shandor: sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.

It's a test of the launch vehicle and there is a good chance that something will fail. Would you risk putting an expensive satellite on it as well? If it wasn't the car it would be filled with steel plates, a tank of water, or something similar.

They could cobble together something for a few million dollars something as simple as a small camera system using off the shelf parts and solar panels with a few batteries . Sending his car strikes me as pure vanity.  It's his money to waste so....

Why waste what you yourself characterized as costing millions of dollars? You don't seem to be ready to think clearly about this.


Especially since launching the car is not a bad thing for Musk. It's a huge publicity stunt for Tesla, his other company.
 
2018-01-31 01:37:44 PM  

lindalouwho: Mikey1969: Gubbo: Dansker: The article says: "At separation, the Roadster will be going between 11.5 and 11.8 km/s relative to Earth," McDowell says in an email. "This is 25,700 to 26,400 mph, so say about 26,000 mph give or take."

According to the National Air and Space Museum, the maximum velocity reached by Saturn V was 24,500 mph.

Wouldn't it have been pushing a lot more mass though?

But the speed is the question here. If it's going slower, then the rocket delivering the lunar rover wasn't going as fast.

lindalouwho: Voiceofreason01: Did you mean "Mars rovers" submitter?

There have been lunar rovers, and India is planning to send one up soon. Also see: Google LunarX Prize.

/ not subby

There has been only one lunar rover that belongs in the context of TFA, though:
[img.fark.net image 850x850]


They're obviously talking about a passenger vehicle.

For passengers? You mean like on the Apollo missions?


NO scrubs tho.
 
2018-01-31 01:44:03 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: mongbiohazard: sithon: Ivo Shandor: sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.

It's a test of the launch vehicle and there is a good chance that something will fail. Would you risk putting an expensive satellite on it as well? If it wasn't the car it would be filled with steel plates, a tank of water, or something similar.

They could cobble together something for a few million dollars something as simple as a small camera system using off the shelf parts and solar panels with a few batteries . Sending his car strikes me as pure vanity.  It's his money to waste so....

Why waste what you yourself characterized as costing millions of dollars? You don't seem to be ready to think clearly about this.

Especially since launching the car is not a bad thing for Musk. It's a huge publicity stunt for Tesla, his other company.


"Elon Reeve Musk (/ˈiːlɒn ˈmʌsk/; born June 28, 1971) is a South African-American business magnateinvestor,[9][10] en​gineer,[11] and inventor.[16]​ He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX;[17] co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.; co-chairman of OpenAI; founder and CEO of Neuralink, and founder of The Boring Company. He is also a co-founder and former chairman of SolarCity, co-founder of Zip2, and founder of X.com, which merged with Confinity and took the name PayPal.[22]" (Wikipedia)

He might have sent up a Tesla as the hood ornament of a Boring machine with flame throwers, solar panels, and an abby normal brain.
 
2018-01-31 02:02:00 PM  
Musk is the PT Barnum of the space age. Long live corporate socialism, which brought this curious bird to full color.
 
2018-01-31 02:09:02 PM  

pup.socket: Musk is the PT Barnum of the space age. Long live corporate socialism, which brought this curious bird to full color.


Odd.
 
2018-01-31 02:13:39 PM  

Ivo Shandor: sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this. Sure you need to test the falcon heavy. Why not use it to do something useful. This is just a waste of millions of dollars.

It's a test of the launch vehicle and there is a good chance that something will fail. Would you risk putting an expensive satellite on it as well? If it wasn't the car it would be filled with steel plates, a tank of water, or something similar.


We could fill it with people that work here, it would be better than wasting valuable steel plates...
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2018-01-31 02:26:34 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Did you mean "Mars rovers" submitter?


The Mars roversis the name of my Space Age Bachelor pad Irish Folk Song Cover band.
 
2018-01-31 03:28:05 PM  
From TFA: "Playing Space Oddity on repeat..." How long could that be heard (within the car, obviously) before the vacuum of space sucked all the air out?  Assuming long before the battery dies even at that temp.... Is it really necessary to put it on repeat?
 
2018-01-31 03:34:26 PM  

GeorgeBurns: From TFA: "Playing Space Oddity on repeat..." How long could that be heard (within the car, obviously) before the vacuum of space sucked all the air out?  Assuming long before the battery dies even at that temp.... Is it really necessary to put it on repeat?


It isn't "necessary" to send rockets to space. This is just a little something fun they can do while doing the first test flight of a new rocket. No one is putting the thought or effort in to make sure Elon's car is spaceworthy. Having the radio playing Space Oddity isn't meant to actually be heard by anyone, it's just a little fun. Don't overthink it.
 
2018-01-31 03:36:45 PM  

sithon: I lost a lot of respect for Musk when I heard about this.


I gained some. He's heard others ask "It's 20XX already, where's my flying car?" enough times. This private citizen got sick enough of the lack of progress along that front to say "F*ck that, I'm launching my car into goddamn SPACE!". Not even LEO for a weaksauce publicity stunt, either, that sh*t's going long.
 
2018-01-31 03:42:41 PM  

mongbiohazard: GeorgeBurns: From TFA: "Playing Space Oddity on repeat..." How long could that be heard (within the car, obviously) before the vacuum of space sucked all the air out?  Assuming long before the battery dies even at that temp.... Is it really necessary to put it on repeat?

It isn't "necessary" to send rockets to space. This is just a little something fun they can do while doing the first test flight of a new rocket. No one is putting the thought or effort in to make sure Elon's car is spaceworthy. Having the radio playing Space Oddity isn't meant to actually be heard by anyone, it's just a little fun. Don't overthink it.


You know, when I hit submit, I thought to myself "some low-self esteem douchebag is going to say none of it is necessary." It's great to see how predictable fark still is :)
 
2018-01-31 03:47:22 PM  

GeorgeBurns: mongbiohazard: GeorgeBurns: From TFA: "Playing Space Oddity on repeat..." How long could that be heard (within the car, obviously) before the vacuum of space sucked all the air out?  Assuming long before the battery dies even at that temp.... Is it really necessary to put it on repeat?

It isn't "necessary" to send rockets to space. This is just a little something fun they can do while doing the first test flight of a new rocket. No one is putting the thought or effort in to make sure Elon's car is spaceworthy. Having the radio playing Space Oddity isn't meant to actually be heard by anyone, it's just a little fun. Don't overthink it.

You know, when I hit submit, I thought to myself "some low-self esteem douchebag is going to say none of it is necessary." It's great to see how predictable fark still is :)


"Low self-esteem"? lolwut? You projecting or something?

If you didn't like the response you got maybe you should have spent more effort on crafting a better post. It was a dull comment, but I took the time to give you a polite response anyway. I'll try not to make that same mistake in the future.
 
2018-01-31 03:51:08 PM  

mongbiohazard: GeorgeBurns: mongbiohazard: GeorgeBurns: From TFA: "Playing Space Oddity on repeat..." How long could that be heard (within the car, obviously) before the vacuum of space sucked all the air out?  Assuming long before the battery dies even at that temp.... Is it really necessary to put it on repeat?

It isn't "necessary" to send rockets to space. This is just a little something fun they can do while doing the first test flight of a new rocket. No one is putting the thought or effort in to make sure Elon's car is spaceworthy. Having the radio playing Space Oddity isn't meant to actually be heard by anyone, it's just a little fun. Don't overthink it.

You know, when I hit submit, I thought to myself "some low-self esteem douchebag is going to say none of it is necessary." It's great to see how predictable fark still is :)

"Low self-esteem"? lolwut? You projecting or something?

If you didn't like the response you got maybe you should have spent more effort on crafting a better post. It was a dull comment, but I took the time to give you a polite response anyway. I'll try not to make that same mistake in the future.


Yeah, low self-esteem.  Insecure people often build themselves up by tearing others down.  This is like psych 101 stuff. I thought it was an interesting question...didn't realize you were the arbiter of taste, My Liege.
 
2018-01-31 04:00:14 PM  

GeorgeBurns: mongbiohazard: GeorgeBurns: mongbiohazard: GeorgeBurns: From TFA: "Playing Space Oddity on repeat..." How long could that be heard (within the car, obviously) before the vacuum of space sucked all the air out?  Assuming long before the battery dies even at that temp.... Is it really necessary to put it on repeat?

It isn't "necessary" to send rockets to space. This is just a little something fun they can do while doing the first test flight of a new rocket. No one is putting the thought or effort in to make sure Elon's car is spaceworthy. Having the radio playing Space Oddity isn't meant to actually be heard by anyone, it's just a little fun. Don't overthink it.

You know, when I hit submit, I thought to myself "some low-self esteem douchebag is going to say none of it is necessary." It's great to see how predictable fark still is :)

"Low self-esteem"? lolwut? You projecting or something?

If you didn't like the response you got maybe you should have spent more effort on crafting a better post. It was a dull comment, but I took the time to give you a polite response anyway. I'll try not to make that same mistake in the future.

Yeah, low self-esteem.  Insecure people often build themselves up by tearing others down.  This is like psych 101 stuff. I thought it was an interesting question...didn't realize you were the arbiter of taste, My Liege.


I gave you a polite answer, I didn't tear you down. So, basically what you're saying is you're using this thread to project your insecurity issue. Because if you felt that was an attack you just telegraphed your low self-esteem. Thanks and all, but you're probably better served just talking these things through with a therapist.
 
2018-01-31 04:05:18 PM  

GeorgeBurns: From TFA: "Playing Space Oddity on repeat..." How long could that be heard (within the car, obviously) before the vacuum of space sucked all the air out?  Assuming long before the battery dies even at that temp.... Is it really necessary to put it on repeat?


Wait. Is this kind of like if a tree falls in the woods when nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound.
 
2018-01-31 04:35:32 PM  

Gubbo: GeorgeBurns: From TFA: "Playing Space Oddity on repeat..." How long could that be heard (within the car, obviously) before the vacuum of space sucked all the air out?  Assuming long before the battery dies even at that temp.... Is it really necessary to put it on repeat?

Wait. Is this kind of like if a tree falls in the woods when nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound.


This is more like "if a tree fall in a vacuum does it make a sound?" The answer is of course, no. It's still cool as hell though.
 
2018-01-31 04:36:04 PM  
What about the dead hooker in the trunk?
 
2018-01-31 04:39:56 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Gubbo: GeorgeBurns: From TFA: "Playing Space Oddity on repeat..." How long could that be heard (within the car, obviously) before the vacuum of space sucked all the air out?  Assuming long before the battery dies even at that temp.... Is it really necessary to put it on repeat?

Wait. Is this kind of like if a tree falls in the woods when nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound.

This is more like "if a tree fall in a vacuum does it make a sound?" The answer is of course, no. It's still cool as hell though.


Assuming the battery is working, the electrical signals are being sent to the speakers, they're doing whatever it is speakers do, just no medium to hear. Its still playing, for a given value of playing

I firmly believe going to matter. That rocket is going boom.
 
2018-01-31 04:40:25 PM  

jadeheart6: What about the dead hooker in the trunk?


I wanna see that CSI!
 
2018-01-31 04:58:32 PM  

Gubbo: To The Escape Zeppelin!: Gubbo: GeorgeBurns: From TFA: "Playing Space Oddity on repeat..." How long could that be heard (within the car, obviously) before the vacuum of space sucked all the air out?  Assuming long before the battery dies even at that temp.... Is it really necessary to put it on repeat?

Wait. Is this kind of like if a tree falls in the woods when nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound.

This is more like "if a tree fall in a vacuum does it make a sound?" The answer is of course, no. It's still cool as hell though.

Assuming the battery is working, the electrical signals are being sent to the speakers, they're doing whatever it is speakers do, just no medium to hear. Its still playing, for a given value of playing

I firmly believe going to matter. That rocket is going boom.


I think there's at least a decent chance it will make it to orbit. SpaceX clearly has gotten pretty good at launching rockets.

But it's a big one, so in the worst case it sure should make for a spectacular explosion if it does go bad.
 
2018-01-31 05:15:12 PM  

GeorgeBurns: From TFA: "Playing Space Oddity on repeat..." How long could that be heard (within the car, obviously) before the vacuum of space sucked all the air out?  Assuming long before the battery dies even at that temp.... Is it really necessary to put it on repeat?


Maybe they'll bolt a magnetic induction coil over the speakers so they can properly feed the audio back down to us. If there's a full Tesla battery pack feeding it, it will run for quite a while. (But we don't know if this Tesla will have batteries included)
 
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