Elon Reeve Musk was born in June 28, 1971. He is a South African and in December 2016, Musk was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People. Probably this information you know. But here we are going to bring you new information about this man. Did you know….. (The Part 1 – 33 Things you don´t know about Elon Musk is here).
17- SpaceX has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to resupply (and eventually ferry people to) the International Space Station, effectively replacing the Space Shuttle.
18- Musk has reduced the cost of reaching the International Space Station by 90%, bringing it down from $1 billion per mission to just $60 million.
19- Musk aspires for his Falcon rocket to someday make space tourism and the colonization of Mars a realistic goal for mankind. He even sent a car there this week. (Click here to know)
20- The Falcon rocket gets its name from Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon.
21- SpaceX is the first commercial company ever to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth’s orbit, and its Dragon spacecraft is the first commercial vehicle to attach to the International Space Station.
22- Despite his enormous recent success, both his flagship companies (SpaceX and Tesla Motors) came alarmingly close to failing. Tesla’a first electric car, the Roadster, faced an ongoing string of production problems, and SpaceX had three launch failures before its fourth and final effort was a success.
23- Elon Musk has been married three times, having married (and subsequently divorced) British actress Talulah Riley twice.
24- Musk has five sons (one set of twins and one set of triplets),whom he shares custody of with his first wife, Canadian fantasy author Justine Wilson.
25- He has confessed to naming one of his sons, Xavier, after Professor Xavier of the X-Men.
26- Elon Musk established the Musk Foundation, which is a group committed to space exploration and discovering clean energy sources. The Foundation runs the Musk Mars Desert Observatory telescope in Utah.
27- The Musk Foundation also runs a simulated Mars environment that allows visitors to experience what life on Mars might be like (complete with waste-burning toilets).
28- Musk has been referred to as a “thrillionaire,” a new class of high-tech entrepreneurs looking to use their wealth to make science-fiction dreams into a modern reality.
29- Musk is a firm supporter of fighting global warming and working toward sustainable energy use — he cites it as his primary incentive for founding Tesla Motors and SolarCity.
30- Elon Musk has signed the Giving Pledge, in which pledges promise to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropic efforts. The Giving Pledge has also been signed by Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg, among others.
31- On January 25, 2015, Elon Musk made a guest appearance on The Simpsons episode titled “The Musk Who Fell to Earth,” playing himself. Musk was a good sport about the episode, which poked fun at many of Musk’s ideas.
32- The Federation Aronautique Internationale, which is the world governing body for aerospace records, presented Musk with the FAI Gold Space Medal in 2010 for designing the first privately developed rocket to reach orbit. It’s the organization’s highest award (and has also been awarded to Neil Armstrong).
33- In 2013, Musk introduced the Hyperloop, a new form of transportation that could theoretically send people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour by way of pressurized tubes. Musk has said if no one else will build it, he will do it himself.
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