For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.
Elon Musk: CEO and chief designer of SpaceX, chief engineer for Falcon 1 the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit, the Falcon 9 rockets and the Dragon space capsule. Oversaw product development/design for the all-electric Tesla Roadster and Model S sedan. Non-executive chairman of SolarCity, the leading provider of solar power systems in California. Co-founded PayPal and co-founded Zip2. He has a physics degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Elon Musk and SpaceX will be featured in a segment on the CBS 60 Minutes program on Sunday, March 18th. “He’s already the first private citizen to launch a spaceship into orbit and bring it back to Earth, so it’s no surprise Elon Musk believes he will be the first entrepreneur to put a man into space, too,” says 60 Minutes‘ Scott Pelley.