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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Eat your heart out, Howard Hughes

Do you remember when I posted about Avengers Assemble, around a month ago? And that I especially liked the character Tony Stark, as played by Robert Downey Jr.?

Well.

While the original Marvel Comics (paper) version of Stark was modelled on Howard Hughes, his character in the Iron man films is based - according to their director - on Elon Musk.

Who?

If you're like me, you'd never heard of Elon Musk (though it's a cool name and you'd remember it, right?) Like Hughes, and of course like Tony Stark, he is a businessman and an engineer. A mover and a shaker. A billionaire. You may not have heard of him, but you will have heard of some of the things he invented. A few weeks ago, a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station, the first time a ship launched by a commercial company had done so. You probably noticed that on the news. Well, SpaceX is one of Musk's companies. Then there's Tesla Motors, one of the market leaders in electric cars, and SolarCity, America's biggest provider of solar power systems.

But before all those companies, back in 1999, Elon Musk had started up a company providing electronic payment services. It was called X.Com, and you've never heard of it. You probably know it better, though, by the name it adopted in 2001: PayPal......

Why am I suddenly so clued up about Elon Musk? Because a few days ago a woman called Katherine Long emailed me on the basis of some space-related things I'd posted, and offered me this rather splendid graphic. Mamma Mia, how could I resist it?

Elon Musk: The Real Life Tony Stark
Created by: OnlineGraduatePrograms.com

Elon Musk: officially awesome. Thanks, Katherine, for drawing my attention to him.

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