9 Falcon Heavy "Starman" Memes Almost As Good as the Launch Itself

On Tuesday, Elon Musk’s companies achieved their most successful PR stunt yet: launching a midnight cherry Tesla Roadster into space, with a dummy pilot — nicknamed “Starman” — on board.

The $200,000 sports car, which was originally destined to orbit in the sun in a Trans-Mars injection, has become an instant hit online, despite taking something of a wrong turn. The payload was overshot, so it’ll actually be heading into the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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Even though Starman’s slacking on the job, he’s inspiring some really good memes on Twitter. Here are a few of our favorites:


How dare you expose us like this, Starman!!!

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Can’t relate because I know nothing about Tesla but, lol.


Watch out!

This meme is just never going to die, is it?

The future is now.

Finally, my favorite:

It’s unclear where Starman is on his journey right now, but one thing’s for sure — people are seriously invested in this dummy’s voyage. On Tuesday, SpaceX live streamed Starman’s voyage, and 2 million people tuned in on Twitter. So in addition to achieving meme infamy, it seems people actually care about this tiny rocket man.

However, Starman’s trip to the asteroid belt could quite literally be a bumpy one, as these objects could pummel and/or destroy the sports car. Since the asteroid belt is about 1 AU thick, it’s very likely that Starman will be hit by something — it’s just unclear how much damage it’ll do.

All that said, we wish Starman all the best on his tour of the solar system. Maybe he’s so beloved because we’re all living through him as he zooms into the vacuum of space, leaving all the bad takes on Twitter far behind. At this point, being pulverized by asteroids might be less painful than this news cycle.

Ad astra, little guy!

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Joe Penhall has been keeping busy. In between researching and writing Mindhunter Season 2, he also had time to pen King of Thieves, a new movie out next week about a group of elderly British burglars. But we couldn’t resist asking about his hit Netflix show, and, in an interview, Penhall tells Inverse approximately when we can expect Mindhunter Season 2 to arrive along with his plans for Season 3 and beyond. (Listen to the interview in the video above, if you can stand the sound of my rapid note-taking throughout.)

You’re driving alone down a dirt road, and you’re falling asleep at the wheel. Suddenly, a burst of light streaks across the sky — there’s a floating, flat shape in the air right in front of your truck, and though it soared quickly into view, it seems to have stopped completely. A beam of light shoots out from underneath the craft, and a little man with huge eyes, an enormous head, and a tiny body appears in the middle of the road. He doesn’t want to hurt you; he just wants to stick a probe in your nasal cavity.

Ah, young love. The first time you fall for someone, it can be dangerously easy to overlook the warning signs. For the first few months, your boyfriend might seem like the funniest, most creative, most insightful, and handsomest guy you’ve ever met. It won’t matter that he roots for the Mets or says vague stuff like that he’s “not from around here.” After some time together, though, you’ll start to spot your boyfriend’s little quirks. Maybe he picks his nose while watching TV, or maybe his skin heals faster than it should. The truth is, a lot of teenage boys are dirtbags in disguise. Some of them, however, are hiding something much stranger. Some are aliens.

On Monday, Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke with US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the fourth annual MLK Now event in New York City, and during a conversation that encompassed the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the current political climate, the freshman member of Congress brought up an a huge problem that she’s previously described as the “Civil Rights movement of our generation”: Climate change.