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Robert Pearlman

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posted 12-13-2021 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Elon Musk is TIME's 2021 Person of the Year.
... One day, he hopes, the rockets will carry 100 people at a time to Mars, where the ships can be refilled with fuel manufactured on the Red Planet and shuttled back to Earth. Asked when he sees this happening, Musk pauses for a long moment, as if calculating all the variables—federal regulations and production schedules, test-flight targets and bathroom requirements. "I'll be surprised if we're not landing on Mars within five years," he finally says.


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posted 12-13-2021 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am not an Elon Musk fan and I take a lot of what he says with a grain of salt, but I believe that this honor is totally justified. He has changed our expectations about space travel, has left Boeing in the dust regarding "affordable" access to LEO, has shown much promise for developing heavy-lift capability, and has shaken up the auto industry in a very good way.


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posted 12-13-2021 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MartinAir   Click Here to Email MartinAir     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations, Elon! Wow, Mars within five years?!

David C

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posted 12-13-2021 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations, but I see this as not just for Musk, but for his teams. He’d be nothing without them.

Yes, his timelines and statements are optimistic, but they are a planning and motivational tool. He is getting it done. Prior to Musk we’ve had nothing but stagnation from all the other companies and agencies around the world. To be blunt, in terms of getting boots on Mars, they’ve done nothing. If you removed SpaceX from the equation, who here sincerely believes that we’d honestly be any closer now than we were in 1975? Or 1965? Or 1985? Dreaming, cancelling projects. Failing to fund. Going nowhere.

Space Cadet Carl

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posted 12-14-2021 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Cadet Carl   Click Here to Email Space Cadet Carl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Musk can be a snarky "showboat" that ruffles people's feathers at times, but there's absolutely no denying that historically he's already left a huge mark in both the aerospace and the automotive worlds.


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posted 12-14-2021 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well deserved.


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posted 12-14-2021 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure what we would be watching launched if he had not stepped up. Congratulations.


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posted 12-16-2021 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well deserved!

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