Elon Musk took a shot at “Sleepy” Joe Biden after the reclusive president did not acknowledge SpaceX’s newest mission, a three-day, all civilian orbit of Earth.
A Twitter follower of Musk’s raised the query after the return of the shuttle final Saturday night.
“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?”
“He’s still sleeping,” Musk deadpanned.
The mission, dubbed “Inspiration4,” marked the primary time that an all civilian crew has ever made it to Earth’s orbit within the historical past of house journey. While the President’s workplace can’t be anticipated to weigh in on each civilian feat, such a daring mission as Musk’s would have possible made the lower for each administration earlier than Biden’s, given the outstanding nature of house journey.
The crew — Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski and Dr. Sian Proctor — spent three days circling the planet at an altitude of greater than 335 miles. For comparability, the International Space Station orbits at round 260 miles from Earth’s floor.
Issacmen, a jet pilot and billionaire, reportedly paid $200 million for the privilege. He additionally donated the opposite two seats by way of a sweepstakes that raised $113 million for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospitals. Musk donated $50 million himself, too.
Top officers from The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, together with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, congratulated these concerned within the mission upon their return to Earth. Even SpaceX’s business rivals, like Boeing and Blue Origin, managed to eke out a public congratulations.
This isn’t the primary time Musk has publicly dueled with the Biden administration. Tesla was reportedly excluded from an electrical automobile summit on the White home final month, regardless that the corporate has distinguished itself because the premier electrical automobile model to this point available in the market.