In October 2020, Elon Musk, boss and co-founder of SpaceX, announced that in 2024 humans would set foot on Mars. The billionaire believes that the only way to save Earth’s future is to colonize space. “If we make life multiplanetary, there might come a day when some plants and animals go extinct on Earth, but are still alive on Mars,” Elon Musk tweeted in mid-April.
What he didn’t know was that his fate was already sealed. Not in the stars, but on paper. In 1953, a book was published that predicted Elon Musk’s plans to bring humans to Mars.
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On December 30, 2020, Elon Musk quoted on Twitter a popular line from Young Frankenstein: “Fate, fate. I will not escape it.”
Despite its fictional origin, the quote actually refers to ideas about predestination, according to which the life of every human is already predetermined, either by divine design or by genetics.
Quoting this quote on Twitter led to a startling revelation – another Twitter user, Toby Li, replied: “Speaking of fate, did you know that Von Braun’s 1953 book, ‘Mars Project’, referred to to a person named Elon who would bring humans to Mars? That’s pretty crazy. “
The book he is referring to is “Mars Project: A Technical Tale,” written by Wernher Von Braun, a German-American engineer astronaut and space architect, according to Gizmodo.
When Elon Musk proclaims himself ‘imperator’ of Mars
His non-fiction book is not a standard essay; it uses storytelling to explain to the average reader what a trip to Mars during the Cold War might look like.
The problem is that user Toby Li’s explanation is not entirely correct. In his book, Von Braun does not say that a person named Elon would lead Humanity to Mars, but that the name of the leader’s post would be “Elon”. “
This point was clarified by another Twitter user, Pranay Pathole, who provided the English version of the book.
The paragraph in question reads as follows: “The Martian government was ruled by ten men, the leader of which was elected by universal suffrage for five years and titled ‘Elon.’ Two houses of Parliament enacted the laws which were to be administered by the Elon and his cabinet. “
In a temporary update to his Twitter profile, Elon Musk proclaimed himself Imperator of Mars.
Original version: Daniel Cáceres et Qayyah Moynihan / Business Insider Spain
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