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, 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.
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.”