Thank god evil supervillains are only in the movies because if they were real, Elon Musk would be the evilest of them all. Just look at the guy.
And here is Gustav Graves, the villain from 2003’s seminal Bond film, Die Another Day:
Similar, no? Elon Musk would fit seamlessly into a ’90s Bond film.
Anyway, luckily for us in the real world, Elon Musk is not only a genius but also by all accounts a good dude who uses his intellect for the betterment of mankind.
His latest endeavor was sending supplies to the International Space Station and then landing the rocket on the exact same spot it took off from.
Here’s all the science-y mumbo jumbo for you nerds.
A launch attempt on Saturday was scrubbed just 13 seconds before liftoff out of caution, due to an unexpected reading from the rocket’s second stage.
Today’s launch had action in the downward direction as well: The Falcon 9’s first stage came back to Earth successfully, landing a few miles from the Florida launch site about 8 minutes after liftoff as planned. It was SpaceX’s first daytime landing at the site, called Landing Zone 1, at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
SpaceX has launched the first private rocket from the same historic site that saw some of NASA‘s greatest space missions, then landed a booster nearby in a resounding success.
The California-based company’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station today (Feb. 19) at 9:39 a.m. EST (1439 GMT) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center — the same pad that once hosted Apollo moon missions and space shuttle launches.
“Liftoff of the Falcon 9 to the space station on the first commercial launch from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39a!” said NASA commentator George Diller.