Elon Musk trolls President Biden over perceived Inspiration4 snub


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk presented the Dragon V2 in May 2014.

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SpaceX founder and leading orbital travel agency Elon Musk felt a little offended by the most powerful man in the world this weekend after President Joe Biden failed to acknowledge it Landmark Inspiration4 Mission sent the four civilians on a three-day journey into orbit our planet.

The flight was funded by billionaire Jared Isaacman, who commanded the mission aboard a Crew Dragon capsule along with geologist Sian Proctor, data engineer Chris Sembroski, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital staff member Hayley Arceneaux. The quartet sprayed down safely on Saturday off the coast of Florida.

The mission served as a fundraiser for St. Jude, which has raised over $ 60 million from the public to date. Isaacman also pledged $ 100 million and Musk added $ 50 million.

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When a Twitter user asked why the president didn’t recognize Inspiration4, Musk hopped for the answers.

“He’s still sleeping,” wrote the CEO, referring to Donald Trump’s favorite nickname for his former opponent, the “sleepy” Joe Biden.

It seems appropriate to point out, as a number of other Twitter users have done, that the president may have a few other things on his plate right now, like continuing to manage the response to a global pandemic, climate crisis, and various national security threats .

For what it’s worth, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, a Biden-appointed employee, has congratulated the crew several times.

Congratulations, # Inspiration4! With today’s splashdown, you helped demonstrate that low-earth orbit is open for business.

– Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) September 19, 2021

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Inspiration4 is the latest in a series of groundbreaking space tourism missions this year. Richard Branson flew to the edge of space with the full crew on the first flight of his Virgin Galactic spaceplane in July. Nine days later, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, went a little higher with three other passengers on his New Shepard spacecraft.

In contrast to these flights, which each took less than 15 minutes, the Inspiration4 mission was a much more complex endeavor in which the four passengers conducted scientific research during the multi-day flight as they orbited the earth over 40 times.


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