The rivalry between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos and the two billionaires’ desire to reach space has now reached the meme stage of the feud.

On Saturday, SpaceX CEO Musk appeared to spend most of his day responding to memes that had been sent to him on Twitter which, in fairness, he seems to do every day.

After responding to a question about the new Tesla FSD Beta, the South African entrepreneur was sent a meme using the now-legendary Padme and Anakin format from Star Wars, except it featured both him and Bezos.

The meme mocked the fact that Bezos’s upcoming Blue Origin flight will actually only be sub-orbital meaning that it will only touch the edge of space, rather than going into full orbit around the Earth.

Blue Origin will fly just above what experts call the Karman line, an imaginary line in space that is 62 miles above sea level. This is what some define as the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space.

Musk clearly got a kick out of this and responded with “haha”.

Musk also responded to a lengthy Twitter thread about his storied history with Bezos, joking that the Amazon CEO “can bench press a rhino” a reference to Bezos’s physical transformation in recent years.

This continues the friendly spat that has been developing between Musk and Bezos and, more recently, Richard Branson, who also travelled to the edge of space earlier this month on the maiden voyage of his Virgin Galactic spaceplane. Before the flight, Blue Origin mocked Branson for only having “airplane-sized windows” whereas their New Shepard rocket will have the “largest windows in space.”

Blue Origin will take flight today (July 20) with Bezos himself set to be on board along with his brother Mark, 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daeman and 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk.

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