Elon Musk’s SpaceX did the unimaginable on Tuesday — it successfully completed its first test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, the company’s most powerful rocket ever. And while many questions remain about what the launch means for SpaceX, there is one question we can’t stop obsessing over:
Who Is Space Bae?
During the Falcon Heavy launch telecast, SpaceX invited a host of engineers to take us behind the scenes at Cape Canaveral, with each engineer providing more info about the company’s groundbreaking test flight. One of those hosts was a fine (pronounced “fione“) human who I have dubbed Space Bae, because that’s what he is. A bae. Who is teaching us about space. While looking like an absolute snack.
I mean! I MEAN!
Space Bae was stationed outside of mission control during the test flight launch, waiting with viewers as Falcon Heavy prepared for launch. And Space Bae was smart. Space Bae was informative. Space Bae was a man of the people. Space Bae was BAE.
Sure, SpaceX may have launched a Tesla Roadster into space, but Space Bae launched a wave of crushes all across the internet.
Turns out Space Bae is none other than Brian Mahlstedt, a software engineer at SpaceX since 2011.
And this is not the first time he’s hosted a space telecast. In January, Mahlstedt hosted the launch of SpaceX’s Zuma, where he was also explaining rocket science while looking like a boo thang:
Thank you, Space Bae. And the next time you’re at a SpaceX launch, call me.