When I first read of the news about the first privately launched rocket to dock with the International Space Station last month, I never knew it would be connected to the comic book-Hollywood blockbuster Iron Man. What’s the connection?
The man behind the private company that developed the Dragon rocket which delivered cargo to the ISS last May is the inspiration for Robert Downey, Jr’s character in the Iron Man films, billionaire genius Tony Stark. It’s none other than Elon Musk.
Just who is this so-called real-life Iron Man? Check out the nifty infographic below:
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Impressed? It’s very hard not to be. Elon Musk is the current face of private industry leading the charge into space ventures since NASA has retired its iconic Space Shuttle fleet in 2011. Need to know more about Elon Musk, you can start with his Wikipedia entry here or his CrunchBase profile here.