Elon Musk mocks Biden after SpaceX completes the first all-civilian mission: “He’s Still Sleeping,” Musk says
Last Wednesday, SpaceX made history as Elon Musk’s space company sent the first all-civilian space crew into space on a 3-day mission. SpaceX became the first private company to send a full crew of four non-professional astronauts to fly to space. On Saturday, SpaceX successfully completed a historic mission after the crew returned back to earth.
But to the surprise of millions of Elon Musk’s fans, President Biden refused to acknowledge and applaud the company’s and the civilian flight crew’s accomplishments. Biden didn’t even send a congratulatory message.
One of Musk’s 60 million followers on Twitter asked him, “The President of the United States has refused to even acknowledge the 4 newest American astronauts who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for St. Jude. What’s your theory on why that is?”
Musk replied, “He’s still sleeping.”
The President of the United States has refused to even acknowledge the 4 newest American astronauts who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for St. Jude.
What’s your theory on why that is?
— Ælectric Cyberfarmer (@rhensing) September 19, 2021
Meanwhile, Amazon founders, NASA Administrators, and others congratulated Musk and SpaceX on the Inspiration4 mission.
Congratulations, #Inspiration4! With today's splashdown, you've helped demonstrate that low-Earth orbit is open for business.
— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) September 19, 2021
Known as Inspiration4, the mission is unlike any other space flight that launched from the U.S. before. The crew is made up of a crew of non-professional astronauts. They’re highly trained tourists riding on a commercial spacecraft. The mission is the creation of SpaceX and billionaire entrepreneur Jared Isaacman, the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments. Isaacman purchased the multi-day flight from SpaceX for an undisclosed fee.
The SpaceX shuttle was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday. The first all-civilian crew includes billionaire businessman Jared Isaacman who paid for the trip, physician assistant and cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux who is raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the first Black woman to pilot a spacecraft geoscientist Dr. Sian Proctor, as well as a data engineer and US Air Force veteran Chris Sembroski.