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15 Fascinating Facts About Elon Musk and Tesla 

  1. At the age of 12, Elon Musk created and sold a video game to a magazine. The space fighting game called "Blastar" was sold to PC magazine and Office Technology for $ 500. Musk also worked at a game startup called "Rocket Science."
  2. Musk's first venture was founding Zip2, a company that provided maps and business directories to newspapers and was later sold to Compaq for $ 307 million.
  3. Paypal, formerly X.com, was what ultimately made Musk his fortune. Paypal, founded in 1999, was later acquired by eBay for $ 1.5 billion, of which $ 165 million was given to Musk in stock.
  4. In 2002, Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX. Musk was convinced that humanity's survival depended on its ability to become a multi-planetary species, but current rocket launch technologies were too expensive. This was achieved with the launch of the Falcon 1 in 2006, the Falcon 9 in 2010 and the Falcon Heavy in 2018.
  5. The Falcon Heavy was capable of carrying 53,000 kg into orbit, twice as heavy as its closest competitor at almost a third of the cost.
  6. Due to lack of funding, Musk had to invest his own money in developing SpaceX rockets. Currently, the company has a $ 1.6 billion contract with NASA for refuelling missions and eventually transporting people to and from the International Space Station.
  7. Thanks to developments at SpaceX, Musk has managed to reduce the cost of travelling to the space station by up to 90 per cent. What then cost a billion dollars per mission now costs 60 million dollars.
  8. Musk later became one of the main funders of Tesla Motors, now called Tesla. Largely disinterested in electric vehicles then, Tesla introduced the Roadster, a car with a futuristic appearance and a battery with a range of 394 km on a single charge.
  9. Musk's two successes, SpaceX and Tesla, came very close to failure. While the first three rockets were not launched, the fourth was a success and the Roadster went through several production problems.
  10. In 2010, Musk received the FAI Gold Space Medal from the Federation Aronautique Internationale for designing the first privately developed rocket to reach orbit.
  11. In 2018, Musk introduced Hyperloop, a transportation system that is theoretically capable of transporting people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 90 minutes.
  12. Musk named one of his sons, Xavier, who, he confessed, was in honour of Professor Xavier from the X-Men.
  13. Musk is sometimes referred to as a billionaire, a high-tech entrepreneur looking to turn science fiction into reality.
  14. Musk also owns a custom James Bond car called Wet Nellie. The Wet Nellie is a custom made Lotus Espirit underwater car in the movie The Spy Who Loved Me.
  15. Musk also appeared in the Simpsons episode, "The Musk Who Fell to Earth."