Elon Musk made a surprise appearance at HBO‘s Westworld panel at SXSW, joining friend and Westworld creator Jonathan Nolan to release an epic trailer of the SpaceX Heavy Falcon rocket launch that carried Spaceman into orbit.
The highlight reel was created by Nolan, who spoke about the importance of inspiration and the excitement he felt as a child when watching Super 8 footage of Saturn rocket launches — a collective enthusiasm that has seemingly dwindled in recent times. “And so I was having a drink last year with a friend, and we were talking about how do you inspire people? How do you get people to talk again, how can you drive the conversation?” said Nolan. The friend turned out to be Musk and the solution they came up with was a red sports car and David Bowie‘s track “Starman.”
Thus set to “Starman,” the Falcon Heavy trailer shows the progress, successes and failures of the rocket launch last month, featuring unreleased footage and imagery, such as of a first look at the rocket’s destruction. “Life cannot just be about solving one miserable problem after another,” Musk said. “That cannot be the only thing. There need to be things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity.”
“It’s not a trailer for a movie. It’s not a trailer for a TV show,” Nolan added. “What we’re hoping this is is the trailer for one part of the next chapter of the human story.”
Watch the uplifting trailer above of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, which may be giving the moon its own 4G network.
Why Falcon Heavy & Starman?
Life cannot just be about solving one sad problem after another. There need to be things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity. That is why we did it. We did for you. https://t.co/5STO7q4wro
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 11, 2018
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