Want to relive the glory of SpaceX’s first-ever Falcon Heavy launch? Check out this epic new 2-minute short film titled, “Falcon Heavy & Starman.” It was created by Jonathan Nolan, the co-creator and director of the hit TV series Westworld and the brother of filmmaker Christopher Nolan.
Elon Musk teased the short film last week ahead of SXSW:
Will be at SXSW Sat/Sun with Jonah & Lisa, who created Westworld. Jonah made an incredible short reel of Falcon Heavy & Starman. Releases tmrw aft.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 9, 2018
Here’s what SpaceX writes in the video’s description:
When Falcon Heavy lifted off, it became the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.
Following liftoff, the two side boosters separated from the center core and returned to landing site for future reuse.
Falcon Heavy put a Tesla Roadster and its passenger, Starman, into orbit around the sun. At max velocity Starman and the Roadster will travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.
The video even includes the failed return of the rocket’s center booster, which crashed into the ocean instead of landing gracefully on the drone ship it was aiming for.
And in case you’re wondering, the background track in the video is “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie.