At the SXSW 2018 Westworld panel, a surprising guest showed up — Elon Musk. No, it wasn’t a robot host that looked like Elon Musk, it was the real Elon Musk. The founder of Tesla was on hand to introduce an incredible video that documented the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket from a few weeks ago. The trailer for the launch was made by the creator of Westworld, which was the reason why Musk was at SXSW panel for the hit HBO TV show.
The short 2-minute video captures the excitement of the fans who were in attendance for the Falcon Heavy rocket’s launch at Cape Canerval, Florida, as well as the magnificent images of the massive rocket blasting off. The video ends with Musk’s Tesla Roadster shooting off into space with the “driver” named “Starman” at the wheel. Of course the soundtrack to the trailer is David Bowie’s “Starman.”
The video was made by Westworld co-creator Jonah Nolan. “The only way I know how to share [the Falcon Heavy launch] is a trailer,” Nolan said. “It’s not for TV or a movie, it’s for the next part of the human story.”
“Life cannot just be about solving one miserable problem after another,” Musk said at SXSW. “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.” You can track the journey through space by Starman and Musk’s Tesla Roadster HERE.