Everyone experiences failure, but not every person has the resources and means to try again—at least, not on the level of Elon Musk. Of course, most people don’t try to launch rockets into space either!
After the previous attempt to send a rocket up met with failure, the SpaceX and Tesla founder went back to the drawing board to determine how to avoid a similar error next time—apparently the thought of giving up never even crossed his mind. Now, months later, Musk has announced his plans for the next launch. “Aiming for Falcon rocket static fire at Cape Canaveral on the 16th and launch about three days later,” wrote Musk on Twitter. Consider this an early gift for fans of Musk and space travel and exploration!
Aiming for Falcon rocket static fire at Cape Canaveral on the 16th and launch about three days later
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 10, 2015
The last attempt was in mid-July when an unmanned rocket was launched to send supplies to the International Space Station. Unfortunately, the rocket exploded a mere two minutes after liftoff, the cause being cited as a structural failure due to a strut that broke from the force of acceleration. Musk acknowledged the error at the time, saying, “I think this is certainly an important lesson and something we are going to take with us into the future,” also noting that the rocket could’ve been saved had the parachute been opened.
With over 985 retweets and 2,500 likes, people were clearly supportive of Elon Musk’s continued efforts; after all, his company SpaceX’s ultimate goal is to help colonize Mars. Thankfully, nobody appears to have mentioned that rival Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, and his company Blue Origin have successfully launched a rocket that landed safely back on Earth. Of course, they simply sent a rocket up and brought it back, while Musk’s rockets have been sending supplies up into orbit. But that doesn’t change the fact that this celebrity rivalry could actually end up changing the course of human history!