Billionaire Elon Musk created SpaceX and OpenAI in the hopes of one day colonizing faraway planets and exploring the stars -- a mission that has long defined Star Trek. As far as achievements go, if Musk were a member of Starfleet, he would be a science officer, but is he good enough to be a member of the Enterprise crew?
William Shatner, who originated the iconic role Captain Kirk on the original series, said he would love to go into space with Musk, provided he sits next to him during the trip. Shatner tweeted, "I’ll hold his hand during takeoff as an added bonus!"
Yes, with him in the seat next to me. I’ll hold his hand during takeoff as an added bonus! 😉 https://t.co/DPW4xe6Rup— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) January 5, 2019
Founded in 2002, Musk's SpaceX is creating new generation spacecrafts and rovers made to explore the surface of Mars. He sent the liquid-propellant Falcon 1 into orbit in 2008, and the second Dragon into the International Space Station in 2012. One of SpaceX's Falcons was able to orbit the sun; the other engineered the first-ever propulsive landing of any orbital rocket. Musk is working on an upgraded version of the Dragon, to better transport astronauts into space and return them safely to Earth.
Musk is among the many entrepreneurs assisting in the colonization of the Red Planet. In 2016, he launched the ambitious Interplanetary Transport System, hoping to finally send civilians into space and make interplanetary travel the new norm.
Starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, Anson Mount, Michelle Yeoh, and Ethan Peck, the second season of Star Trek: Discovery premieres Jan. 17 on CBS All Access.