LOL What?! Elon Musk Prefers To Call Bezos’ Lunar Lander “Blue Balls”

Major companies including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will play big roles in mankind’s hopes of becoming a multi-planetary …

The privatization of the space exploration sector is going to be a monumental step towards bringing down the costs. Major companies including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will play big roles in mankind’s hopes of becoming a multi-planetary species. For something as serious as it sounds, their bosses are rather juvenile when it comes to banter

Elon Musk and the SEC once again work out what he can and can't tweet

Elon Musk, the main man at Tesla, is no stranger to Twitter controversy. At one point, his position was in jeopardy because of unnecessary (and eventually, incorrect) tweets around their business. He was spared with just a heavy fine and a bunch of warnings. Over time, his non-work related posts ranged from sharing inappropriate jokes to even conversing with PewDiePie over memes. While those were arguably hilarious, that’s not something you’d expect from the CEO of multiple tech companies.

Adding to this repertoire, Elon Musk poked fun at Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin is a major competitor of SpaceX, and is expecting to execute its own lunar landing missions later this year. Their craft will be called “Blue Moon” whose primary objective is to make cargo deliveries to the moon. But Musk had a different idea.

Oh stop teasing, Jeff 😉 pic.twitter.com/wuWPENcSE1

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 10, 2019

In an image captioned “Oh stop teasing, Jeff,” he shared a screenshot of a piece from The New York Times, where the image had an edited image of the rival lander with the words “Blue Balls.” Why? Because, why not? In fact, this isn’t even the first time he’s tried to troll his rivals, and probably won’t be the last either.

Blue Moon (Image: Blue Origin)

Having said that, The Blue Origin Blue Moon mission is expected to take place in 2024. Unveiled on May 9 at the Washington Convention Centre, it specialises in carrying large payloads to the moon, but can also be modified to carry humans with an additional attachable, pressurized ascent vehicle. Bezos plans on shifting industries away from the Earth one day “to save the Earth” which is our “best planet.”

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‘Stop flirting, Elon’: Twitterati in splits with Musk’s friendly jab at Jeff Bezos, again!

Those following Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla, on Twitter must be familiar with his eccentric tweets and his penchant for memes and GIFs by now. And yet …

When will the two stop? Or not!

Those following Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla, on Twitter must be familiar with his eccentric tweets and his penchant for memes and GIFs by now. And yet, each time the Tesla CEO takes to the social media platform, unfailingly, he manages to leave us short of words.

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos

However, this time around, at the receiving end of Musk’s jibes was none other than Jeff Bezos, world’s richest entrepreneur and the CEO of Amazon. Just a day ago, Bezos had unveiled the first look of his lunar lander, called “Blue Moon”, during an event for select members of the media and space industry experts.

“This vehicle is going to the moon,” Bezos said at the time, unveiling his ambitious plans of manufacturing in the space in the near future. Now, these plans, unsurprisingly, stirred ripples in the media and even reached the ears of Musk, who, with his SpaceX, has long been a competitor of Bezos and his space company Blue Origin.    

And Musk, being himself, responded to the news with a bit of creativity.

Taking to Twitter, the serial tech entrepreneur shared what appears to be a photoshopped image of Bezos’ lunar lander, but with a catch. The name of the lunar lander read “Blue Balls” instead of “Blue Moon”.


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Oh stop teasing, Jeff 😉 pic.twitter.com/wuWPENcSE1

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 10, 2019

The tweet has since spurred a barrage of responses and reaction on social media, with most people poking fun at the banter.

“Stop flirting, Elon,” tweeted a user, as another chimed in, writing, “Looks like you haven’t hired that attorney to vet your tweets.”

Stop flirting, Elon

— Christina Murphy (@murphystina) May 10, 2019

Musk and his tweets are known to have stirred controversies in the past as well. Once he got into trouble with the US Securities and Exchange Commission over a post about Tesla’s private takeover. In fact, this is not the first time that Musk has taken a pot shot at Bezos either.

When Amazon announced plans to launch over 3,000 low Earth orbit satellites to serve “tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet”, Musk ensured to respond to the news.

He tagged Bezos and simply wrote “copy” followed by a cat emoji.

Speak of friendly jibes and creativity!


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Report: Jeff Bezos wants to take Blue Origin straight to the moon

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk might soon be neighbors—on the moon. … space race between SpaceX and Blue Origin heats up, perhaps Elon Musk will …

Since it’s all the rage for billionaires to own space companies, Musk has been dreaming of moon bases and a space taxi with his SpaceX, and now Bezos is apparently plotting the next move for his Blue Origin. That move may involve missions to the moon and developing a lunar lander in the hopes of helping the U.S. set up an outpost on the moon within just five years, Reuters reported after speaking with people familiar with the matter.

At 4 p.m. ET, Bezos is going to provide “an update” on the company’s progress and share their “vision of going to space to benefit Earth.” Thanks to the Reuters report (and a mysterious tweet by Blue Origin featuring a picture of explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship on its way to the south pole), it’s believed that Bezos will announce a plan to help the U.S. government and NASA put American astronauts on the moon’s south pole by 2024, as Vice President Mike Pence requested back in March.

5.9.19 pic.twitter.com/BzvwCsDM2T

— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) April 26, 2019

We’ll have to wait until 4 p.m. ET to find out the specifics of Blue Origin’s lunar aspirations, but Bezos has previously discussed the possibility of colonizing the moon and building a “lunar village,” created by a consortium of earth countries. As the space race between SpaceX and Blue Origin heats up, perhaps Elon Musk will troll Bezos with another cat emoji when he announces his new plan. Of course, that could make things pretty awkward if they end up living next door to each other on the moon.

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Elon Musk retains control of teetering Tesla

Elon Musk looks as if he will fight another day as Tesla CEO after settling once again with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Elon Musk looks as if he will fight another day as Tesla CEO after settling once again with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Musk first locked horns with the US regulator last year after he published a series of “false and misleading” tweets that suggested he was to take the electric-vehicle company private.

Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2018

Musk was eventually forced to step down as chairman of the company (he remained CEO) and agreed to seek approval on any company-related tweets.

However, it wasn’t the end to the spate.

In February, the regulator was again incensed to see Musk tweeting about Tesla production and asked that he be held in contempt.

Tesla made 0 cars in 2011, but will make around 500k in 2019

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 20, 2019

“There was always the possibility that the judge could possibly, in the worst case scenario, strip Elon Musk of his CEO role,” Reuters reporter Alexandria Sage said.

Such an outcome would have been a mighty fall from grace for the entrepreneur who has more than once bet his reputation and fortune on Paypal, Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity.

That risk now appears off the table with the two parties coming to a revised agreement, that lays out stricter details about what Musk can and can’t say on Twitter without legal counsel.

While the news saw Tesla enjoy an almost one per cent bump in its stock price, it was short-lived.

The company’s announcement that it had made a worse-than-expected first quarter loss of US $700 million, saw stock plummet more than five per cent.

The loss will only embolden Tesla short-sellers, guaranteeing there’s at least one feud that Musk won’t be resolving anytime soon.

Exactly. Short-sellers are value destroyers. Should definitely be illegal.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 4, 2018

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Elon Musk named most influential person in tech for 2019 by coders

Elon Musk will have the most influence in the world of technology this year, according to an exhaustive survey of programmers. In the Stack Overflow …

Elon Musk will have the most influence in the world of technology this year, according to an exhaustive survey of programmers.

In the Stack Overflow Developer Survey, 30.2% of respondents said they thought the SpaceX and Tesla CEO would have the most influence in the field in 2019.

In second was Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, with just 7.2%. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella came in third with 4.4% of the vote.

The survey saw almost 90,000 programmers respond from around the world, making it the largest of its kind across the globe.

Elon Musk influence remains despite rocky few months

The survey indicates that the near cultish status surrounding Musk has not waned, despite a number of incidents that risked denting his publish image.

At the end of 2018 Musk was accused of fraud by The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over what the organisation deemed “false and misleading tweets” regarding taking Tesla private.

In the fallout from the incident, Musk was forced to step down as chair of Tesla, although maintained his position as CEO.

In February Musk fell afoul of the SEC again on Twitter, when he reported Tesla production figures over the social media platform in apparent contravention of his previous settlement.

Meanwhile, Tesla has faced a somewhat fraught time, with the company having to shed almost a tenth of its workforce in 2018 over a botched automation attempt.

However, Musk has also had numerous public image wins that have maintained his positon as a highly liked figure within the world of technology.

SpaceX, in particular, has had a successful time, with the Crew Dragon completing its first unmanned test mission ahead of transporting humans to the International Space Station.

Of course, whether Elon Musk can retain his position of widespread adoration in the tech world remains to be seen, but with little competition from other big personalities he is unlikely to be unseated anytime soon.

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