Falcon Heavy Test Flight: Tesla in space. Don’t Panic!

Falcon Heavy Test Flight: Tesla in space. Don't Panic!

Right in the middle of the car, on the center screen, are the words “DON’T PANIC!” It’s a reference to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, the 1979 book that was first in a series by Douglas Adams about an accidental space traveler named Arthur Dent. In the series, Don’t Panic is a phrase on the cover of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The novel explains that this was partly because the device “looked insanely complicated” to operate, and partly to keep intergalactic travelers from panicking. “It is said that despite its many glaring (and occasionally fatal) inaccuracies, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy itself has outsold the Encyclopedia Galactica because it is slightly cheaper, and because it has the words ‘DON’T PANIC’ in large, friendly letters on the cover.” Arthur C. Clarke once said that Douglas Adams’ use of “don’t panic” was perhaps the best advice that could be given to humanity. Elon Musk first read “The Hitchhiker’s Guide” as a teenager, and it’s still one of his favorite science-fiction series.

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