Elon Musk and President Trump have been working towards the frequent purpose of sending American astronauts to house from U.S. soil, which may come to fruition on Saturday.
Musk’s SpaceX has spent years working with the U.S. authorities to help NASA’s historic return to crewed house flight from America. The historic Demo-2 mission would be the first time since 2011 that astronauts have made the journey into house from U.S. soil.
The preliminary launch of the Demo-2 mission was initially scheduled for Wednesday however scrubbed due to unfavorable climate situations. SpaceX and NASA will attempt once more on Saturday. The launch is scheduled for 3:22 p.m. EDT.
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At Florida’s Kennedy Area Middle on Wednesday Trump praised the SpaceX founder and CEO, saying that he’s been “a buddy of mine for a very long time.”
In January, Trump’s reward of Musk was much more glowing, calling him “one in every of our nice geniuses” when chatting with CNBC on the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, Switzerland.
SpaceX is a standard floor for the 2 nationwide figures.
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“One of the best minds are at corporations the place their abilities can come to fruition. Musk’s SpaceX is a type of corporations. Right here … his and Donald Trump’s pursuits coincide,” Bonner Cohen, a senior fellow on the Nationwide Middle for Public Coverage Analysis (NCPPR), advised Fox Information.
However a way more politically polarizing subject has additionally turn out to be a standard trigger. It started earlier this month when Musk was sparring with native Alameda County officers in an try to reopen the Tesla plant in Fremont, Calif.
In a tweet, Musk mentioned, “That is the ultimate straw” and threatened to maneuver Tesla’s headquarters from California to Texas or Nevada.
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Trump provided his help, tweeting, “California ought to let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It may be accomplished Quick & Safely!” And Musk responded, “Thanks!”
“Musk may be angling to get Trump to go together with extending federal tax credit for purchasers of EVs [electric vehicles],” Bonner mentioned. “The $7,500 per-purchaser tax credit score has already run out for Tesla, and Musk, together with different EV producers, would like to see it reinstated.”
The reality is, Musk and Trump are solely aligned on just a few slim points. Electrical automobiles being a superb instance of the place the 2 half methods.
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Musk is on the aspect of anti-fossil-fuel teams. “Trump, evidently, may have nothing to do with this,” Bonner mentioned.
However Musk stirred the pot once more this month, triggering hypothesis a couple of new conservative bent when he cryptically tweeted, “Take the pink tablet.”
A line from the 1999 film “The Matrix,” “Take the pink tablet” has turn out to be slang for folks abandoning liberalism for conservative values.
Fox Information’ James Rogers and Frank Miles contributed to this text.