SpaceX today launches its Falcon 9 rocket on a mission that will see it travel around the moon. South Korea is also sending its Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) in the final step towards space exploration. Commenting on the launch this week, Eunhyeuk Kim, a KPLO project scientist, said, “We want to develop critical technology for space exploration as well as scientific research.” KPLO will orbit 62 miles above the lunar surface and carry out observational work for at least a year, it has been reported.
Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, has made no secret of his ambition to make the human race a multi-planetary species.
The South African-born entrepreneur co-founded the company with American Jim Cantrell.
Mr Cantrell spoke to Channel 4 in May this year about his experiences working with the man who would also go on to found Tesla.
He recalled a remarkable story when he and Mr. Musk rubbed some Russian rocket designers the wrong way.
In the documentary, titled “Elon Musk: Superhero or Supervillain,” Mr. Cantrell tells the story: “Elon called me on a hot July afternoon in 2001, I could barely understand his accent. It was a strange accent. place it quite.
“He went on to say that humanity was a multiplanetary species and he wanted to prove that humans could go to Mars.
“He said he couldn’t afford to buy American rockets and that he had heard I was someone who could put him in touch with buying Russian rockets.
“The Russians had converted intercontinental ballistic missiles into satellite launchers. They were pretty cheap, the Russians could sell them for $3-5 million.
“I had spent several years in Russia. I took him there and Elon started explaining to them that we wanted to buy one of their rockets because we wanted to launch a mission to Mars.”
What happened next was completely unexpected, as Mr Cantrell claims the Russians were made to feel disrespected by Mr Musk, who had not dressed smartly for the meeting.
The businessman continued, “The chief designer was getting very agitated when Elon spoke. Elon at the time was in his late twenties and he didn’t dress well.
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However, one person still unimpressed by Mr Musk’s exploits is his own father.
Errol Musk, 76, told the Kyle and Jackie O Show this week that he was not proud of his son despite his accomplishments.
When asked if he was proud of his son, he replied: “No, well, you know, I mean, we are a family that has been doing a lot of things for a long time. It’s not like if we had suddenly started doing something.
Errol also claimed that his son was not as “happy as he would like to be”.
He added: “He feels like he is late.
“Where he is now, he would have liked to be there five years ago.”