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Musk quote of the week — “Am thinking of starting new university: Texas Institute of Technology & Science.” — I know, it pains me as much to name this the quote of the week just as much as it pains you to read it. Elon Musk tweeted this quote on October 29, and as of writing, received over half a million likes and much media buzz. Is Musk really planning to create a new school? No. It’s a joke about tits. It spells “T.I.T.S.” Maybe not the best look for a leader in STEM?
SpaceX: Crew Dragon stays put
Unfortunately, despite an “80% favorable” forecast, SpaceX’s Crew-3 launch has been delayed to November 3 because of bad weather. The Endurance capsule looks pretty great even while it waits, though.
Although you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see the NASA-sponsored trip to the International Space Station, the entire launch will be available to watch live on NASA’s website at 11 p.m. E.T.
Similar to SpaceX’s last crewed flight, the Inspiration4, Crew-3 features three rookie astronauts who have not yet been to space. The crew is expected to return to earth later this November. Read more on Inverse.
Tesla: Drama, drama, drama
While SpaceX plans for its next flight (and works on creating others), Tesla works on dispelling some rumors.
Or is it subtly starting them? Elon Musk continues to voice his displeasure with President Biden’s partiality towards unionized auto companies, which Musk seems to imply is a preference siphoned off of confirmed-corrupt former United Auto Worker officials. Biden, if you care to comment, please respond to this article?
Then, Musk hopefully put some naysayers’ lingering ill-will to bed by addressing the $465 million loan Tesla received from the U.S. government … and then paid off nine years ahead of schedule.
Say what you want about Tesla, but don’t say it won’t pay you back!
And as far as self-started rumors go, Tesla appears to have some really exciting features for Full Self-Driving users in its arsenal, telling users to get ready for “superhuman good” updates and safety goals.
The rumor mill keeps turning, and everything on the internet is true.
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10. Elon Musk is ready to part with a sizable chunk of his multi-billion dollar fortune and “solve world hunger.” That is, as long as the United Nations’ World Food Program “can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger.” Debating millions of starving people in a Twitter thread seems bad, but you do you, world leaders!
9. Meanwhile, The Economist considers the future of food. Gourmet insects, anyone?
7. Some people were on Musk’s side — an NYU business professor took to CNBC to call Biden’s plan just “really bad tax law” and “almost perverse.” Two good band names if anyone’s looking.
6. Okay, tone change! Here’s an interesting TikTok account from an engineer working on robotic prosthetics and making “the world a better place.” Nice.
5. Okay, tone change again! Some things on the internet are just so difficult to categorize, so intangible, so evil that they become pure only to revert to evil again. This musical YouTube account, “Crypto Karaoke,” which posts original songs about Dogecoin, Elon Musk, and how Covid-19 isn’t real (it is) is one of those internet things. Liberal Thom Yorke? Take notes.
4. Anyway, E. coli could help produce rocket fuel on Mars. Good for E. coli.
3. Popular car-reviewing YouTube channel Throttle House covered the Tesla Model S Plaid on Halloween. Ooh, a u-shaped steering wheel... spooky!
2. Despite Crew-3’s unfortunate delay, you can still get excited for the flight by learning more about the crew in question. Or, in this case, what exactly is on their space playlists. Does my Spotify family plan work in space?
1. And a piece of Musk history: Let’s also revisit SpaceX’s first-ever crewed flight, which put SpaceX on the map as a reliable, human-friendly spaceflight company on March 2, 2019. The flight left Musk “emotionally exhausted,” but for him, it was worth it.
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