When I was a little kid, I was really scared of the dark. But then, I sort of came to understand, ‘Ok, well dark just means the absence of photons in the visible wavelength.’ Then I thought, ‘Well that’s really silly to be afraid of a lack of photons.’ I wasn’t afraid of the dark anymore after that.
—  Elon Musk

Elon Musk says he won’t advise Trump anymore if Trump withdraws from the Paris climate agreement

  • It looks like President Donald Trump finally did something to really piss off Elon Musk. The Tesla CEO tweeted Wednesday he “will have no choice but to depart councils” in the event the president withdraws from the Paris climate agreement. 
  • Two senior U.S. officials told CNN on Wednesday he is expected to withdraw. Meanwhile, Trump tweeted he would announce his decision regarding the agreement “over the next few days.” Read more (5/31/17)

SpaceX is planning to send two private citizens around the moon

  • Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk announced Monday that SpaceX is planning to send two private citizens around the moon in 2018.
  • The two citizens, who have paid a “significant deposit” to participate in the moon mission, will begin training later this year, pending health and fitness tests, according to a statement from SpaceX.
  • “Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration,” the company said.
  • The identities of the two space tourists have yet to be released.
  • According to the statement, the mission will fly the two citizens around the moon in a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft in 2018.
  • The mission will take about a week and the craft will not land on the surface of the moon, according to NPR. Read more (2/28/17 1:49 PM)

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SpaceX makes landing a rocket look easy 👏

Yesterday (19 Feb 2017), the second stage of Falcon 9 boosted a Dragon cargo capsule into orbit to deliver equipment to the International Space Station, and the first stage flew back and touched down on solid ground. It was the 8th successful landing (out of total 13) for SpaceX.

Every success brings Elon Musk’s vision of a fully reusable rocket transport system (between Earth and Mars) closer.

video source: Musk’s Instagram


Tesla’s Elon Musk will not pull out of presidential advisory forum

  • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will remain on Trump’s presidential advisory forum, the Silicon Valley bigwig said in a statement on Twitter Thursday night.
  • In December, Musk was named to the forum, which Trump’s transition team put together to serve an economic advisory role.
  • Musk’s announcement comes the same day Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced he would leave the team.
  • In his own statement, Musk said that while he will maintain his place on the board, he would not stay quiet on the matter of the immigration ban (advice for which he crowdsourced via Twitter late last week). Read more

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Throwing no shade at those looking to Elon Musk and his SpaceX plans to travel to Mars but…

I look into a dew-soaked dandelion held up to the sun, and am instantly transported to mind-blowing planets, stars and galaxies, found right here on planet Earth.

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