It turns out the future was written long ago, as a book published in 1953 predicted that someone named Elon would eventually lead humans on the red planet.
Musk once quoted the following line from Young Frankenstein on Twitter: "Destiny, destiny. No escaping that for me."
It refers to predestination, where every human’s path in life is already mapped out.
It led to a Twitter user called Toby Li to respond: "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."
\u201c@elonmusk 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\u201d
That’s the book ‘Mars Project: A Technical Tale’ which was written by the German aerospace engineer Wernher Von Braun.
He developed rocket tech in Nazi Germany and, later, worked on rocket space technology in the US.
The book is non-fiction, but uses a narrative to map out to a layman how a voyage to Mars could look.
The tweet pointing out the similarities isn’t entirely accurate, as in the book, it wasn’t an Elon that took humans to Mars.
Instead, it said the name of the leader’s position would be Elon, which in our view is even cooler.
\u201c@elonmusk @tobyliiiiiiiiii Yeah it's real. This is the English transcript of the same book ... But "Elon" referred by Von Braun in the book isn't the name of the person but rather the name of the position something like an elected meritocratic president\u201d