Scientists in the 1900s had predicted that under his SpaceX program, Elon would help humans in colonizing Mars back in 1948.
We have been hearing about Musk's dream for mankind to colonize Mars for years now. He has been working on the idea for decades and based on the promises he made and the scope of research, back in the 1940s, a scientist 'predicted' that he would lead us there.
Recently, a manuscript of a book titled The Mars Project was shared on social media. Soon after it started circulating and people are trying to link between one key line and tech billionaire Elon Musk, who is at the forefront of the human effort to travel to the Red Planet.
The book was written by the German scientist Wernher von Braun in 1948. The book is essentially a technical specification for the mechanics of life and society on Mars, explaining how it could work.
In one paragraph, which looks at how the planet will be governed, predicts that it will be led by the 'Elon'. The passage reads,
“The Martian government was directed by ten men, the leader of whom was elected by universal suffrage for five years and entitled the 'Elon'. Two houses of parliament enacted the laws to be administered by the Elon and his cabinet.”
Although the book was written more than 70 years ago, it still feels very spooky. With von Braun being a religious individual, the term is thought to stem from the Hebrew word meaning 'oak tree', likely referring to a leader being a sturdy individual.
Destiny, destiny— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 30, 2020
that for me
This book was originally conceived as the appendix to Marsprojekt, a science fiction novel written by von Braun in 1948, but it formed the basis of a lecture he gave at the First Symposium on Spaceflight held in New York City three years later.
However, the following year, the appendix was published separately in Germany, before receiving an English publication in 1953.
If we look at the recent developments, Elon and his team are getting closer and closer to their ambition of making it to Mars in the next few years. Just this week, SpaceX finally landed a version of its Mars-bound Starship rocket without it exploding into a million pieces, which is a huge achievement.
Article and Image source: LadBible