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Deepfake video of Elon Musk singing Soviet space song appears after successful ‘SpaceX’ launch

Source: Meduza

With the successful launch of the Crew Dragon capsule, Elon Musk’s space travel company SpaceX sent its first astronauts to the International Space Station on May 30. To celebrate the occasion, Russian Internet users released a clever deepfake video of Musk singing “Grass at Home,” a famous song by the Soviet rock band “Zemlyane” (“Earthlings”). Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, even named “Grass at Home” the official anthem of Russian cosmonauts in 2009. The deepfake of Musk singing is eerily convincing, especially given his recently developed habit of tweeting in Russian. Maybe someday we’ll get to hear him sing!

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As it turns out, Zemlyane’s lead singer, Sergey Skachkov, saw the parody clip. “Well done, they don’t have decent songs. Let them sing ours,” he told the radio station Govorit Moskva on May 31. 

You can compare the deepfake to the original video below.

“Grass at Home” by Zemlyane
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