Millions of people watched on Tuesday as SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket since Saturn V, launched out of the atmosphere, delivered a Tesla Roadster into space, and then, in three separate pieces, descended back to earth. It was exciting. It was awe-inspiring. It was a grand spectacle.
But most of all, it was a sham.
The revelation comes from the Flat Earth Society (this one, not this one), and it tells of how Elon Musk’s recent foray into space was an intricately planned hoax, just the latest in the decades-long “globularist” conspiracy designed to fool the world into believing that Earth is round.
“It certainly is interesting to see the shift of focus in space programs from official government organisations to privately-run organisations,” Pete Svarrior, a moderator on the society’s website, wrote in a blog post.
Interesting indeed. The society proposes that people’s willingness to believe things they see on the internet is just a new version of the old phrase “It’s true, I saw it on TV!”
People who believe that the Earth is a globe because “they saw a car in space on the Internet” must be the new incarnation of “It’s true, I saw it on TV!” It’s a poor argument.
Why would we believe any privately-held company to report the truth?
— Flat Earth Society (@FlatEarthOrg) February 7, 2018