This is an odd story, not so much for the story itself (which has its own oddities), as for who's reporting it and how it's being reported. Mr. G. shared this article, and as I said, it's unusual for who's reporting it:

Spotlight: SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket, taking Tesla Roadster to Mars

Now, obviously, this launch was also reported in the western media, so it's not surprising that the Chinese news agency would do so. And the reporting, as a reading of the article evidences, is straightforward and perhaps even rather bland. Nothing to see here. Move along.

As one might imagine, when state-sponsored Communist news agencies like Xinhua blandly report on private corporate space launches of Mars probes by Elon Musk, I sit up and take notice. After all, they sat up and took notice and took the time to report on it. (Did I mention that they did so blandly?)

Before we resort to some of that breathtaking blandness, there's a context to be considered. Mr. Musk himself, of course, is hardly a stupid man and certainly not a wilting flower. It takes chutzpah to launch a private space company based on the concept of reusable boosters. The more immediate context of this launch is that it follows the allegedly failed recent launch of the Zuma satellite, purportedly a spy satellite which failed to achieve orbit.

Or so we're told. But recent years have seen a strange succession of probes and satellites that were presumed lost that - lo and behold! - suddenly turn up again. In the case of the Zuma satellite, it hardly needs to be said that Mr. Musk is in business to have all his contracted launches fail. Apparently, however, Mr. Musk was worried that his latest launch, ostensibly of one of his Tesla cars, for the purposes of putting it in permanent Mars orbit, might fail, as the Xinhua article points out:

The tech billionaire has repeatedly played down expectations for the launch, saying that the mission might end in explosion.

"This is a test mission as I said there's so much that can go wrong, so we don't want to set expectations of perfection," he said.

"I would consider it a win if it just clears the pad and doesn't blow the pad to smithereens."

Musk admitted that there's a chance that the rocket's second stage might not make it out of low-Earth orbit.

That's because it will "coast" for six hours through the Van Allen radiation belt, where it may "get whacked pretty hard," he said.

Then there's a bit of bland reporting about the basic nature of the Falcon boosters:

The Falcon Heavy is essentially three of the company's Falcon 9 rockets bolted together.

With a total of 27 Merlin engines, it's capable of generating "more than 5 million pounds (2.3 million kg) of thrust at liftoff, equal to about eighteen 747 aircraft," according to SpaceX.

Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit.

The rocket will be able to lift 64 tons into orbit, doubling the lift capacity of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost, the company said.

Jason Davis of the Planetary Society hailed the demo flight as "a huge deal, even for a spaceflight company that routinely accomplishes huge deals."

"An operational Falcon Heavy will make SpaceX the proud owner of the most powerful rocket system since the Saturn V, and opens up yet another corner of the launch industry to serious competition," he wrote in a blog article.

I thought, "OK, the idea of bundling a bunch of smaller rockets together to create one massive payload lifter isn't new." Sergei Korolev did it and to this day Russian rockets retain their distinctive "bundle rocket" appearance. The idea came, ultimately, from World War Two and German proposals to create precisely such a large booster by bundling V2s together. The idea was pursued in the 1980s by the private German company O.T.R.A.G. (Orbital Transport und Raketen Aktiensgesellschaft) at their private Area 51-like compound in the Congo. (For tidbit lovers, NASA Paperclip scientist Dr. Kurt Debus ended up after his retirement on the board of O.T.R.A.G.) The concept has an interesting history, but it's hardly newsworthy.

Possessing the first fully privately funded large rocket, the largest since the Saturn V, is newsworthy, but it raises as many questions as it answers; Musk is not stupid; he knows that the future of long term space exploration simply does not lie on the path of chemical rockets.

But then there's the question of the payload itself, and it's here that things enter "high octane speculation" territory, big time. On the second and third pages of the Xinhua article, there are nice photographs of the booster launching, with a caption that positively strikes me as being almost too-bland-for-words, a sort of "nod nod wink wink tongue-planted-firmly-in-the-cheek" statement:

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, the United States, Feb. 6, 2018. The Falcon Heavy blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in the U.S. State of Florida at 3:45 p.m. EST (2145 GMT), carrying something just for fun: a red Tesla Roadster belonging to SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk. (Xinhua/NASA) (Emphasis added).

Yes, millions of dollars were spent on "something just for fun," and that something was a "proof of concept" flight to put a Tesla roadster in orbit around Mars:

Eventually, the rocket's second stage will try to place the Roadster, playing David Bowie's Space Oddity, into a Mars-adjacent orbit.

"We estimate it'll be in that orbit for several hundred million years, maybe even in excess of a billion years," Musk told reporters during a media call.

Gee, how fun. David Bowie playing on the roadster's sound system as it orbits Mars. See? We can place things like cars in orbit around Mars. Fun for all, come one come all, we're open for business. Want to place your favorite rock song in orbit around Mars? We can do it.

Color me skeptical here: if one is going to spend millions of dollars for a proof of concept flight, then why not pack that roadster full of "extras" that don't normally, and will never normally, appear on the options sticker at an automobile dealership, say things like, oh, maybe a little radar tomography equipment, some nifty high resolution cameras, and so on? In fact, we already know that some "non-standard" equipment has to be on that "roadster" if in fact Space X is ever to learn that its "roadster" has successfully been placed in Mars orbit. In short, Xinhua seems to be saying, in its bland tongue-in-cheek way, that "we're not buying the explanation for a moment, and will be watching closely." Frankly, if that is the case, then I agree with the Chinese:

I'm not buying the narrative for a moment.

Which brings us to the next point of consideration in our high octane speculation of the day. What, then, might be going on? As I've averred in previous articles on this website, if one wants to conduct secretive planetary explorations without public scrutiny, the easiest way to do so from a variety of standpoints including that of law, would be to do so via private corporations: anything discovered can then become proprietary. And if one is an intelligent individual, as Mr. Musk most certainly is, Mars would be the place to go. Why? Consider all the accumulated years' and even decades' evidence that Mars might be full of artificial structures, and even a considerable body of evidence that its surface is littered with debris that suggests artificial and intelligent origins, "rocks" that look uncomfortably like parts of machines with rectilinear features that natural geophysical processes are difficult to explain, and even in a few instances, things that look uncomfortably like fossils.  This whole line of inquiry has, as most readers of this site are aware, spawned a long debate and allegations of coverups and suppression of data by NASA, ever since the Viking probe snapped its now famous two pictures of the "Face on Mars" at Cydonia. It stretches the imagination too far to assume Mr. Musk is unaware of these debates.

So I strongly suspect that this mission is not "just for fun," but rather a case of "let's see for ourselves," and that that "roadster" is packed as full as it can be with the equipment able to make a first pass prima facie assessment. And I've no doubt that there's probably a much more sophisticated Mars satellite, and probably a lander or two, waiting in the wings for "follow up studies."

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. goshawks on February 23, 2018 at 4:17 am

    I just wanted to mention a tip-of-twig thought that came from reading C. Knight & A. Butler’s “Before the Pyramids: Cracking Archeology’s Greatest Mystery.” In this book, they talk about a secret society ‘chain’ stretching back to beyond the time of Enoch. Enoch was claimed to have built a nine-story ‘time capsule’ to preserve knowledge before the Great Flood, after a ‘prophetic dream’ (yeah, I know – ‘Tower of Babel’ type moment).

    Moving forward to the present, did a clandestine ‘time capsule’ just get launched into a high-eccentricity solar orbit? Secret societies love to hang stuff out in the public arena, where it is not recognized without the proper ‘keys’. A Tesla roadster offers a lot of volume beneath the skin. Plus, the ‘kick stage’ may remain attached to the roadster, offering additional volume. Maybe even room for Enoch’s Delta, such “Tablets of Destiny” type stuff, and/or an AI backup-copy…

    The kicker here is that the roadster’s perihelion (the point where the body comes nearest to the Sun) is not far from Earth’s orbit around the Sun. This makes it relatively easy for any future ‘descendants’ to reach it and retrieve its ‘time capsule’. Just like Enoch’s ‘time capsule’…

    (Which, of course, brings up why at this time…)

  2. Scott S on February 17, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Sorry to hijack the thread, but how does a car survive in space? Temperatures range from 250F to -150F in orbit depending on direct sunlight or no sunlight. I would love to see a car put in a vacuum oven and cycled between 250F and -150F a few times. I bet it would look awful. There is also intense UV radiation. It’s been in space for 10 days now and it still looks like a new car.

    • goshawks on February 17, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      I thought around that angle, also. If it were me (and I was a billionaire), I would swap-out and/or ‘enhance’ parts of my car that would be easily-degradable under space conditions, before it got shipped to the spaceport. (Definitely the car’s ‘skin’, probably the seats and interior moldings.) You want to be ‘presentable’ to someone that finds you in future centuries or millennia…

      • zendogbreath on February 18, 2018 at 9:55 pm

        green screen does seem easier. and cheaper. and quicker.

  3. anakephalaiosis on February 16, 2018 at 3:50 am


    With Stockholm syndrome in Disneyland
    my eyes caught glimpse of the devil,
    that led me on a quest to understand
    why Mickey Mouse is the root of evil.

    A tiny mouse cannot be as bad as it sounds,
    I thought with my first impression.
    Yet, it multiplies like flies on Pluto the hound
    causing global economic depression.

    So a mouse trap I invented to catch it,
    with Bitcoin as bait on the Internet.
    And lo and behold, it became a global hit,
    with a bat swung mouse in cricket.

    Rammstein – Amerika

    • Yiannis Katospiti on February 16, 2018 at 8:15 am

      In an adult conversation or even discussion with children, would easily set out and crush this “Truman Show” bull shite narrative that the leaders of the fascist corporatist are CONSTANTLY putting out there continually programming for only their regard not you! Fluoride, vaccines , ISS, ISIS, Mars , Moon , Van Allen passage with sixties crew cut tech cigarettes and Cars, caviars, first class traveling think Ill buy me a Lear jet. Make a LIST of facts , proven true , that can’t be made false and things that are false and can’t be made true. None of the stuff adds up.

  4. Robert Barricklow on February 15, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Chutzpah or…
    Deep State[s] Connection[s]?
    Using or Branding or Abusing or
    all the above for “Tesla’s” namesake/discoveries?

    To privatize those “pesky public” out of the accountable to frame is par-4-corse. As Yeltsin sold-our his Mother Russia[privatize(or, as Russian’s term it: GraBitize)]; Trump[our Yeltsin in Billionaire’s clothing] is selling out/privatizing America’s infrastructure.

    So the real technologies are dressing as if they’re Old World Order physic’s; while the real New World Order goes on privatizing it all, under holding companies, until the public is no longer; as least on paper, accountable to?

    • Robert Barricklow on February 15, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      …and are the Majestic 12
      a Majestic 1?
      A ONE[not sauce] who is very much, and has been in the Nazi camp for sometime. Is all this hocus-pocus of aliens in the here & now, “signing” agreements an elaborate charade?
      Are the “real” aliens amused by this Hollywooded version being constructed for this near-future Global Staged Alien invasion/welcome?

      • Robert Barricklow on February 15, 2018 at 6:21 pm

        Or, are they too fascist slave owners?

  5. paraschtick on February 15, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Random thoughts:

    Saying all this, can we be 100% certain that the lifter did actually put something in orbit. The pictures I’ve seen are like the pictures I’ve seen on the internet that may be taken in that big tank that has been rumoured to be used for some of the ISS footage.

    Would Musk really put his beloved car into space, and what happened if it didn’t get into space? I know he has a lot of money, but people do get attached to their cars, and whatnot.

    Myself, I think it was just a silly stunt, a gimmick to make it seem exciting … it isn’t … we’re still using stone age technology to lift things into space.

  6. Yiannis Katospiti on February 15, 2018 at 10:03 am

    I wish , I wish, I wish … hmmm I wish I could edit comments but since I cannot, …. I’ll comment again.
    – there were no jet engines from ANY 911 hits on buildings and PENTAGRAM- or Shanksville, PA.-check, What DAY was PENTAGRAM built…? Wait for it …September Eleven!- CHECK
    Expoliation of Evidence is the only thing of note that happened on Sept Nine 0ne one. CHECK.
    – EXPOLIATION of evidence at Crime Scene-indicates …. wait for it… a la Sherlock Holmes and according to our courts ….GUILTY. You eliminate or expoliate crime scene you’re guilty.
    -Oh wait, there’s this little case of how our Criminal leaders also act ALL the TIME but , we are too busy with our hand over hearts saying pledge while feeding war machine, and it is what Dulles and his flaccid ilk learned from Nasties and Gehlen: mind control and how to take traumatized youth and turn them into mind controlled Slaves. CHECK.
    TRANSFORMATION of AMERICA by Cathy O’Brien , Sue Abrigo and scores of our citizens – Check.
    Scientistism, Propaganda, expoliation of evidence , The Central Inteligence continually wreaking war on citizens of United STATES OF AMERIKA. – with privatized army of bureaucrats and private Corporations . Check
    Way back machine describing the patrons of Marx, Engel, Lennin, that are continually obfuscated from view by equallyprivate owned productive compliant directed controlled MASS MEDIA. Moral relativism constantly being produced in images and narratives ala Freud and his needle prick nephew, Buranays sauce. It’s systemic and you will be cold and in Mars mode alone or with little green Men if you can’t undress the Emperor and their ilk. Do not consent and we can start to ease the centuries of sore bottoms from these Bloodline BSer’s

  7. metaOne on February 15, 2018 at 7:49 am

    i suppose i’m the only one (around here) to automatically assume green screen tech for almost all public displays of war theater? esp the MIC crew?

    has anyone else seen the movie, THE CONGRESS and not realized the movie is the message?

    fake the living event, control the dead memorial (living images vs dead images)…control the minds, bleed the hearts and steal the will of wo/Man…

    OK back to that, alternative programming…

  8. BlueWren on February 14, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    I think it’s fabulous! I know very few agree with me, but he’s done what NASA and any other space agency (if there is one) has not. From what I understand from the Space X website, Starman will orbit the Sun and not Mars. It does have a secret payload however, a library. And in that library, is our genome. That might be a worry if you believe may be a ‘gift’ for somebody out there…

    • anakephalaiosis on February 15, 2018 at 7:40 am

      Six million hitchhikers to the galaxy ought to provide a holiday solution for
      coin clippers and well poisoners at SpaceX travelling agency.

      It ought to probe the space for a special planet for a special species,
      that could feature a gambling casino and everything free for all…

      …with a one way tickets for free, and a special treat for South African
      communists on genocide watch.

  9. Yiannis Katospiti on February 14, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    -Ok- 911 was 16 novice Muslim hooker blow snorting Saudi’s with box cutters penetrating most protected airspace in world, and bring down 3 steel skyscrapers. CHECK
    -We have not been to the moon since we went in early sixties, there is zero photo and film of the billion dollar EPIC human accomplishment in mililenium – CHECK
    -Germans lost war nasties come USSA -CHECK
    -Guy last name Arnold coins term ‘flying saucer ‘ two weeks before Roswell -CHECK
    – Are Army can’t figure out if weather ballon , swamp gas, disk , til um psyop or rather mind control UFO racket Or rather Alien Industry- check
    Musk is modern day jack of all trades renaissance man leading us to all new modern tech , mars man – Check
    Time for supper could go on but like many I’m not buying what Musk MIC is selling.

    • goshawks on February 14, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      What is intriguing is that Arnold only referred to the sighted craft as moving in a flightpath that resembled “saucers skipping over water.” The actual drawings he made (or were approved by him) showed Horton-style ‘flying wing’ craft, except with hard-to-manufacture curved leading and trailing edges. It would be interesting to track-down the initial ‘evolution’ from saucer-like flightpath into actual ‘flying saucers’. With something this sensitive, it is hard to believe there was not a ‘carefully crafted’ veering-away from the reality…

      (Or, on the other hand, were the drawings themselves a carefully-crafted switcheroo, much like the ‘weather balloon’ *hack, cough* remains after Roswell?)

      • BlueWren on February 14, 2018 at 10:24 pm

        did it look like this:

        • goshawks on February 15, 2018 at 5:48 pm

          Depends. Here are the original Kenneth Arnold crude sketches:

          And the top ‘painting’ at this url is what the MSM has spun it to:

          There is a slight ambiguity as to shape, as Arnold stated, “Of course, when the sun reflected from one or two or three of these units, they appeared to be completely round; but, I am making a drawing to the best of my ability, which I am including, as to the shape I observed these objects to be as they passed the snow covered ridges as well as Mt. Rainier.” The drawing shows a disk-like planform in front, but a linear, swept-forward trailing edge. Semi-saucer…

          (I am afraid that PhotoShop and advanced movie-making software has made any modern photos/videos suspect. A skeptic’s paradise…)

  10. goshawks on February 14, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Well first, the Tesla roadster ‘satellite’ is not going to be in any orbit around Mars; period. It was launched into a low-earth-orbit, and then fired in a burn-til-the-fuel-runs-out ‘toss’ towards the outer solar system. They were expecting the burn to get it just past Mars orbit (Mars’ orbit around the Sun), but there was enough energy to sling it almost to the inner edge of the asteroid belt. To say it in a different way, the Tesla roadster ‘satellite’ is in a high-eccentricity orbit around the Sun (in the plane of the planets), which loops from Earth-distance-from-the-Sun to inner-asteroid-belt-distance-from-the-Sun. Not in Mars orbit…

    Given the above, it is hard to imagine what ‘useful’ gear could be clandestinely added. Plus, one would need a large transmitter/receiver apparatus to send/receive signals. Plus, a stabilizing system to enable same. Nope, just can’t see it…

    (Obviously, Musk is the ‘poster boy’ for deep-state interests. He would not have access to NASA/DoD/NSA funds if he were not. That is a given. What I do like is that he enjoys twisting the tails of the established players. Fully-recoverable rockets – first stages – are a SF addict’s dream. You go, Elon…)

  11. basta on February 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Where to start?

    … OK, this just goes to show all of us how stupid and gullible they truly think the public is, that people would actually believe that some bought-and-paid-for high-tech hustler would launch one of “his” cars into a Mars orbit, so that its radio could play Bowie’s Ziggie Stardust for eternity — as if this launch, which cost 100s of millions of FRNs — is the ultimate in viral Millennial YouTube pranks.


    Musk is the golden-haired poster-boy for the aerospace/high-tech wing of the MIC, a very clever bit of marketing from the collection of corporate interests that are now driving the global empire formerly known as the United States of America.

    It’s all so utterly depressing. They literally thought the public would buy such nonsense — and cue up the Mighty Wurlitzer and by gosh they did.


  12. Jon on February 14, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    We need to remember that this was the maiden flight of the rocket – the first attempt to get it off the ground. No one puts expensive satellites as a payload on a test shot, it is usually dead weight of some sort, simply to test lift capacity and functionality. This lesson was probably brought home even more by the “loss” of Zuma.

    On the other hand, Musk has money to burn, so why not?

    Their reporting of the orbit is also not accurate – it will end up in an elliptical orbit passing Earth and Mars, not just around Mars.

    It was a great publicity stunt, especially given Tesla’s poor performance to date.

    We do know that there were several high def cameras and some sort of transmitter, as the roadster continued to send pictures back for some time. Will some wings with solar cells unfold after a bit and power some other telemetry packages? I would assume so, as one does not go to that much trouble not to include some kind of additional capability, even if it is just a bunch of really good cameras and the ability to transmit pics back to Earth (especially with his kind of money). You know he is going to want to show Mars in the background of a roadster selfie, just like he did with Earth. It would also be a great plug for his space suit design if it can hold up to space exposure long enough to get a pic with Mars.

    Money-wise, a single launch itself supposedly only costs about $90 million (150 million if you throw away the boosters), which is much less than other current rockets with less capacity. The landing of the two side boosters was something to watch – straight out of 1950′ sci-fi (the core booster unfortunately missed the ship and hit the water).

    I also loved the touch of the “Don’t Panic” sign on the dash (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference), and the inclusion of an optical digital copy of Asimov’s Foundation trilogy (which I think was a message to others on Earth more than to future alien archeologists), an interesting twist on previous such messages.

    There is more here than meets the eye.

  13. sagat1 on February 14, 2018 at 10:14 am

    What struck me with the footage that’s been made available of the Star Man riding in his Tesla out there in the great void is the clarity of the footage in comparison to the blurry / grainy footage usually released by NASA. There appears to be several cameras mounted on it to provide a number of viewing angles. If there are any large artificial structures on Mars, I dare say the Tesla techies will be zooming right in on them.

  14. anakephalaiosis on February 14, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Out of the rattling corpse of nationhood emerges privately owned international corporations, protected by private armies. Devils in corporate skin rebrand themselves under new names, new disguises. Talking heads are mouthpieces of deep state big money.

    There is only ONE way to break the imperial spell, and that is to redefine origin of nationhood. We need a practical cooking recipe, on how to concoct a new nation from scratch. The source code of doing that is in the Rune system (4x2x4=32). Essentially, nations are “objectified by spin and center into entanglement”.

    So far, we have only scratched the surface. The applications of the Rune system is literally endless. The topological metaphor can transform anything into anything. Yes, the Rune system is the topological metaphor put into praxis in high antiquity. Every transition is a vortex. Pyramid & Hakenkreuz.

    • Baz on February 14, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Elon Musk launched his red Chariot-meme as a message to the Treaty-Makers. I come again, with a canopy of stars over my head, wielding the might of the two sphinxes. Yoni and Lingam depicted on my shield; the vortex spins on an axis.

  15. DanaThomas on February 14, 2018 at 7:47 am

    It is regrettable that Tesla’s name is associated with this deep-corporate-state disinfo.

  16. WalkingDead on February 14, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Ah, the common meme in just about every syfy movie is the corporate ownership of “space” and the somewhat slavish nature of their employees; more private company over sovereign nations nonsense. A subtle hint that “we already own the Earth, why not the universe”.

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