- In October 2020, Elon Musk announced that in 2024, humans would set foot on Mars.
- A book published in 1953 tells of how a leader titled “Elon” would lead humans to the planet.
- The book was by Wernher Von Braun, a German-American astronautical engineer and space architect.
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In October 2020, Elon Musk, CEO and co-founder of SpaceX announced that in 2024 humans would set foot on Mars.
The billionaire believes that the only way to save the future of Earth is to colonize space.
“If we make life multiplanetary, there may come a day when some plants & animals die out on Earth, but are still alive on Mars,” Musk tweeted in mid-April.
-Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 17, 2021
What Musk didn’t know was that his destiny was already sealed. Not in the stars, but on paper.
In 1953, a book was published that predicted Elon Musk’s plans to take humans to Mars.
On December 30, 2020, Musk quoted a popular line from Young Frankenstein on Twitter: “Destiny, destiny. No escaping that for me.”
-Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 30, 2020
Despite its fictional origin, the quote is, in fact, referring to ideas about predestination, in which the life of every human is already predetermined either by divine design or by genetics.
Quoting this on Twitter led to a surprising revelation – a fellow Twitter user, Toby Li, responded to him: “Speaking about destiny, did you know that Von Braun’s 1953 book “Mars Project,” referenced a person named Elon that would bring humans to Mars? Pretty nuts.”
-Toby Li (@tobyliiiiiiiiii) December 30, 2020
The book he’s referring to is “Mars Project: A Technical Tale,” written by Wernher Von Braun, a German-American astronautical engineer and space architect, according to Gizmodo.
His non-fiction book is not a standard essay; it uses a narrative to explain to the average reader how a trip to Mars might look in the Cold War.
The problem is that user Toby Li’s explanation is not entirely accurate. In his book, Von Braun doesn’t say a person named Elon would lead humanity to Mars but that the name of the leader’s position would be “Elon.”
This was clarified by another Twitter user, Pranay Pathole, who provided the English version of the book.
-Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) December 30, 2020
The paragraph in question reads: “The Martian government was directed by ten men, the leader of whom was elected by universal suffrage for five years and entitled ‘Elon.’ Two houses of Parliament enacted the laws to be administered by the Elon and his cabinet.”
In a temporary Twitter profile update, Musk proclaimed himself imperator of Mars.