SpaceX founder and pioneering orbital travel agent Elon Musk was feeling a bit underestimated by the world’s most powerful man this weekend after President Joe Biden failed to recognize the company.that sent four civilians on a three-day journey into the orbit of our planet.
The flight was funded by billionaire Jared Isakman, who led the mission aboard the Crew Dragon capsule, along with geologist Sian Proctor, data engineer Chris Sembrowski and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital employee Hayley Arsenault. QuartetOff the coast of Florida on Saturday.
The mission was like St. Jude Fundraising Campaign, with over $60 million raised from the public to date. Isaacman also pledged $100 million and Musk added $50 million.
When a Twitter user asked why the president didn’t acknowledge Inspiration4, Musk jumped at the responses.
“Still asleep,” the CEO wrote, an apparent reference to Donald Trump’s favorite nickname for his former opponent, Joe Biden, as “sleeper.”
It seems fair to point out that a Number of other Twitter users, that the president may have a few other things on his plate right now, like continuing to manage the response to the global pandemic, the climate crisis, and various national security threats.
For what it’s worth, Biden-appointed NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has offered his congratulations to the crew several times.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Inspiration4 is the latest in a seriesthis year. Richard Branson flew to the edge of space on the first fully manned flight of his Virgin Galactic space plane in July. Nine days later, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, blasted a little higher with three other passengers on his New Shepard spacecraft.
In contrast to those flights, which lasted less than 15 minutes each, the Inspiration4 mission was a much more complex project in which the four passengers conducted scientific research during the multi-day flight as they circled the Earth more than 40 times.