The rockets returning was pure Thunderbirds. Clever stuff.
But.... I'm not sure dumping that car in space sets the tone for a new era of space flight, space junk is fine as long as it's for advertising or ego it seems. The symbolism of the final images spoilt a great event. Opportunity missed to make a powerful new era statement rather than simply 'buy more stuff'. Especially ironic over the new defacto space anthem about our present course being one to destruction but nobody in authority is prepared to listen.
Perhaps some day aliens will find and display that car as a fitting memorial to our dead planet.