The editor of Time Magazine-Jeffrey Kluger, author of Apollo 13: It was 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong took his giant leap and became
Nineteen minutes later, Moon Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin joined him on the moon's surface, provoking the imagination of countless researchers … and a little boy in South Africa.
Although he was born two years after Apollo 11's astronaut's remarkable journey, Elon Musk said: "The moon landing is probably the most inspiring thing in history, and that certainly inspires me, I'm not sure SpaceX will exists, if not for Apollo 1
"I continued to expect that we will continue after Apollo 11, that we will have a Moon base that we will send people to Mars," Musk said. "And here in 2019, the US still can not send people even to low orbit on Earth."
That's why SpaceX is one of the companies that deliver cargo to the International Space Station while the Russian transport crews. This is because NASA's space shuttle program was completed in 2011.
"It sadden me for the future," Musk said. "Do you know when you get up in the morning, what does it shoot you? What, what makes you feel excited about being alive?
At the headquarters of SpaceX in the suburb of Los Angeles, Hawthorne, what this 48-year-old billionaire excites is the idea that many human beings can one day live on other planets, especially on Mars.
Apollo 11 flew off Pad 39A, the rocket launch site that was illuminated in the ground at John F. Kennedy's Space Center in Florida, and many NASA landing and orbital flights started there. Today it is used by SpaceX. "I can not believe we'll use that pad. Honorable honor. We are not worthy! Mous laughed.
To be sure, since its foundation in 2002, SpaceX has had many achievements. This is the first private company to launch in orbit and restore a spacecraft;
There were a number of failures along the way.
Of course, Elon Musk says his real purpose is to change the way people will travel. space. He often uses the phrase "quick reuse". Why, he says, should rockets make only one trip? "Like when the plane landed, you only expect to recharge it, maybe you can replace water and food," he said. "The normal expectation is that you can fly very fast on the plane, you can turn around for an hour and fly somewhere else, that's what should happen to the rockets." , Virgin Branson's Virgin Galactic will offer commercial flights for tourists; and Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, founded Blue Origin in hopes of building space colonies.
"I think it's good, for example, what Jeff Bezos does with Blue Origin," Musk said. "You know, from time to time, I'll fuck him a little. But you know, I think it's good what he does. he thinks fast. Regular travel to the space station? "I guess we're about six months old [away]," he said.
A visit to the moon? "Well, that sounds crazy, but it's certainly not a fitted car, I believe we can land on the moon in two years.
But always on the horizon is the planet Mars.
"Sending crews to Mars for four years, I think it sounds fairly feasible, for example, we will strive for two years, and then reality can be four," Mouss said. One day he even imagines the cities of Mars, which he calls "fixing the top of a planet". But Elon Musk says he wants mankind to survive wherever we do our home.
"You want to believe that we will be there among the stars, and that's something I mean, I'm really excited about this kind of future, I think most people do it."
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History produced by Jay Kernis .