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Elon Musk Featured on 60 Minutes

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  1. Joel

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    I watched this live. I thought it was pretty good. He got very emotional when they mentioned the astronauts testifying against him. They must have been some of his biggest role models and it must have crushed him.
     
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    Yah, I agree. That's the most emotion I've seen out of him. More than when he had to increase prices on the roadster customers in "Revenge of the electric Car".

    That's one of the things that I admire most about him. He fights for what he believes in. He's all in with money, emotion, everything.
     
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    It was pretty moving. Agreed on this description of the man.
     
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    Was a great segment. As they showed Space X joining the US, China and Russia as only the fourth entity ever to launch into space and then recover a spacecraft I turn to my wife and said, that's why I am pretty sure this guy can build a electric car :)
     
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    Quite emotional and he did a good job holding composure. His looking away, swallowing, those little tricks you do to try to relax a throat that's tightening up with emotion...you could tell having his heroes testify against private space companies really hurt him. It made it all the more clear how much this means to him personally. That kind of passion is inspiring.
     
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    Reminded me of the Pixar movie The Incredibles, where Buddy (aka Syndrome) wanted so badly to be Mr. Incredible's sidekick and was shunned...
     
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    And Brad Bell has a Tesla!
     
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    Just a clarification, you probably meant Brad Bird.
     
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    Yes I did. But Mr Bell has one too. :)
     
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    #11 Grendal, Mar 19, 2012
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    Very inspiring interview. I consider SpaceX to be a greater accomplishment than Tesla, but both achievements are important to move humanity into the future. His employee called him the modern day Howard Hughes and that is a great description. Hopefully, he doesn't have the sad ending that HH did. There is a lot of money to be made in space and Elon has the vision to get there. Buying a Tesla will be my small way to promote Elon and his projects.
     
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    Great vid, I admire his perseverance.
     
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    Very inspiring.

    Goes to show that even American heroes can be cranky old men afraid of change at times :).
     
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    Yeah. For everything they did and for the bravery they showed, it still wouldn't have been possible without the engineering talent that was at NASA and now at Space X. I think Space X is doing a great service by bringing interest back about space at a time when funding for NASA is shrinking.
     
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    #15 Steph, Mar 19, 2012
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    I hope these old astronauts heroes hear him. Pay SpaceX a visit.

    Please.
     
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    I believe these guys are engineers, scientists.

    Please Mr Armstrong, collect the facts and reconsider.
     
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    [FYI - post also here: SpaceX]

    I've seen some of the testimony by those former NASA astronauts and at least one former NASA administrator. I didn't construe what they had to say to be a direct attack on SpaceX, as 60 minutes characterized it, but more as stern criticism of the Obama administration and the new NASA budget with the cancellation Constellation program.

    Coupled with the end of the Shuttle program, for them it signals the US choosing to give up American leadership in space exploration. Perhaps similar to how the US gave up leadership in particle physics with the cancellation of the SSC.
     
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    Then they missed out the European Space Agency and the Japanese - so they are at least the 6th, but not to take anything away from SpaceX.


    At the time it was also at the likes of Boeing and Martin, so the concept of private companies building the hardware and doing mission design isn't really a new one.
     
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    The show said "launch, orbit and recover the spacecraft", or something like that. I'm not aware of ESA or Japan recovering something from orbit, and a quick search couldn't find anything, but I'd be happy to be corrected.
     
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    Seems like Japan has done some fairly "advanced" things with rockets...

    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     

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