After World War II, an accomplished German scientist was brought to the United States and became director of NASA. He wrote a book in 1948 titled ‘Project Mars,” which describes a futuristic world in which “Elon” successfully takes humanity to the red planet, a strange and highly similar coincidence with the mission of current Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
It all started with some tweets from 2020.
that for me
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 30, 2020
Elon Musk tweeted a line from the movie ‘young Frankenstein’: “Destiny, destiny. No escaping that for me.”
And one of his followers replied, “Speaking about destiny, did you know that Von Braun’s 1953 book “Mars Project” referenced a person named Elon that would bring humans to Mars? Pretty nuts.
Speaking about destiny, did you know that Von Braun's 1953 book "Mars Project," referenced a person named Elon that would bring humans to Mars? Pretty nuts pic.twitter.com/m28yFU4Ip6
— Toby Li (@tobyliiiiiiiiii) December 30, 2020
What the book says
The book ‘Project Mars’ proposed a manned mission to Mars that would result in colonization and the establishment of an autonomous government there.
One passage in the book explains what the government of men that would lead life on Mars would look like.
“The Martian government was directed by ten men, the leader of whom was elected by universal suffrage for five years and entitled “Elon.” Two houses of Parliament enacted the laws to be administered by Elon and his cabinet.
The Upper House was called the Council of the Elders. It was limited to a membership of 60 persons, each being appointed for life by the Elon.
The mission would include a fleet of 10 huge spacecraft carrying 70 astronauts and nine crew vehicles. Braun performed detailed calculations of all the aeronautical and engineering parameters of the mission, but the technology was not that advanced at the time.
According to Britannica, Wernher von Braun, a German scientist, had by 1934 succeeded in launching two rockets vertically up to two and a half kilometers and developed supersonic anti-aircraft missiles, the most advanced technology in the world at the time.
When the Nazi regime was about to lose the war, Braun escaped to Austria and surrendered to the Americans who brought him to the United States. There he applied his knowledge and eventually became director of NASA.
While his work helped the Nazis in the war, historians claim that Braun was unaware of the perversity of the National socialist regime, and his involvement was merely scientific.
Fiction, coincidence, or prediction
Elon Musk is one of the world’s leading innovators in space travel. His company SpaceX is working on the creation of low-cost, energy-efficient spacecraft. These spacecraft may carry the first humans to Mars in the next decade.
It is inevitable to think of the coincidences that fiction sometimes predicts, or perhaps it is a way in which fate indirectly lets us know the future. It is up to you what to think!