In the 1940s, one scientist “predicted” that Elon Musk would one day bring us to Mars.
The manuscript for a book titled The Mars Project has been going viral on social media. People are drawing eery comparisons between one key line in the writing and tech billionaire Elon Musk, who is at the forefront of the human effort to travel to Mars.
Written by German scientist Wernher von Braun in 1948, the book essentially explains the mechanics of how life and society would work on Mars.
One paragraph, which looks at how the planet will be governed, predicts that it will be led by the “Elon.”
Translated to English, 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.”
Von Braun was a religious individual, so the term is thought to stem from the Hebrew word meaning “oak tree,” referring to a leader being a sturdy individual.
The Mars Project was originally conceived as the appendix to Marsprojekt, a science fiction novel written by von Braun in 1948. However, it formed the basis of a lecture he gave at the First Symposium on Spaceflight held in New York City three years later.
The following year, the appendix was published separately in Germany before receiving an English publication in 1953.
And if recent developments are anything to go by, the real life Elon and his team are getting closer and closer to their goal 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.
The SN15 rocket, a 165-foot leviathan, was launched from the company’s Boca Chica testing facility in Texas at 5.25pm local time on 5 May and managed to get 10 kilometres up into the air, emerging from the top of a cloud that had previously been obscuring it, before descending horizontally and then righting itself at the last second by firing the engines.
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