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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Success Has Spawned Bizarre Conspiracy Theories

The internet has undoubtedly improved human life. It has given more people more access to more information at less cost than at any other time in human history. But this unprecedented access has also made it easier than ever to spread complete, unverified, unfiltered nonsense to millions of people. Case-in-point: the theory that Elon Musk and SpaceX’s historic Falcon Heavy launch was all CGI.

Despite the fact that we’ve seen the Earth from space and we know it’s round, and that literally thousands of people watched, felt, and heard the Falcon Heavy take off from the Kennedy Space Center last week, it was mere days before flat-earthers and CGI conspiracy theorists took to Twitter to expose “the truth.”

Exhibit A:

Musk, ever the troll, leaned into the ridiculous and issued a response during a press conference:

You can tell it’s real because it looks so fake, honestly. We’d have way better CGI if it was fake.

But hey, is there a more productive way to engage with a vocal minority that insists every single scientist on Earth is wrong and that they, alone and angry at an armchair, are right? Probably not.

Also on the show this week, since Dan and I missed covering the Falcon Heavy launch in real time, we’re catching up by breaking down the future of the Falcon, and the final resting place of “Starman.”

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