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Elon Musk and David Bowie get the 8-bit treatment in new side-scrolling Tesla space adventure

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May 24, 2018

Elon Musk launched his red Tesla Roadster into space this past February as part of the first SpaceX launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket. The successful test proved that the Falcon is the most powerful rocket currently in existence, even more so than anything devised by NASA. As a side bonus, a Tesla carrying a space-suited dummy (nicknamed "Starman") is now floating out in space, a fact that unnerves those concerned about orbital debris while impressing those who appreciate modern art. 

Inspired by the scientific feat, the fellas at car blog AutoWise decided to make a little side-scrolling video game that allows players to drive the Roadster through space, dodging and blasting debris as they traverse the stars. There are three different stages that include Earth, the moon, and Mars. Oh, did we mention the final boss is Amazon overlord Jeff Bezos?

That's because the two titans of industry have had a sort of competitive bromance on social media, especially since both founded space-travel companies simply because they could. Call it a Cold War-esque space race for the 21st century, but Bezos did wish SpaceX luck just before they shot the Falcon Heavy out of our atmosphere. Even so, he still tagged his own company, Blue Origin, in the well-wishing tweet

Anywho, you can watch some nifty gameplay below, which includes a really awesome 8-bit version of David Bowie's "Starman" in honor of the dummy sitting in the Tesla. 

If you're interested in playing the game for yourself, just click here