Elon Musk Mistakenly Promotes Mars With A Picture Of The Moon, Shots Fired
By Yimin Huang, 24 Jun 2019
Elon Musk’s presence on social media is always felt. After a recent spectacle where he was criticized for stealing fan art, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX is now being mocked for mistaking the Moon for Mars.
Given his professional title, one would assume that Musk would be better at telling planets and astronomical bodies apart. Last Sunday, he sent out a tweet with the caption, “OCCUPY MARS,” next to what he assumed was the Red Planet.
However, eagle-eyed Twitter users immediately noticed the mistake, with many attaching images and videos of the Moon as evidence.
Even Australian scientist Upulie Divisekera responded sarcastically, opening with “Hey Super Space Genius,” and informing Musk that the image used was the Moon in “total lunar eclipse.”
Elon Musk has since admitted to his own mistake and how ridiculous it was, sending out laughing emojis and adding, “Moon too.”
Still, the fiasco was highly entertaining, and many responded with jokes and Star Wars references. One Twitter user said, “Re-delete your account.” Others edited the image so it could be closer to the truth, and a few compared his mistake to US president Donald Trump’s tweet that touched on a similar subject matter.
Musk’s serious blunder has once again provided a much-needed comedic relief on social media.
That’s the moon pic.twitter.com/OXU81kRNuE— Viv 🍥 (@flcnhvy) June 23, 2019
🤣🤣— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 23, 2019
Moon too— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 23, 2019
Hey Super Space Genius, that’s the moon in a total lunar eclipse https://t.co/osZjHnarfK— The Jupiter Girl (@upulie) June 23, 2019
The hero who is going to colonize Mars doesn’t know what Mars looks like. Fantastic!— Ed McCabe (@eddiemac3356) June 23, 2019
Re-delete your account— Ｗ▲ＮＤ Σ ＲＩＮＧ🏴☠️ L Σ N S (@space_is_fizzy) June 24, 2019
I fixed it. pic.twitter.com/PktsDiDafS— Steven Baumann (@StevenDJBaumann) June 24, 2019
That's no moon....no...wait...it is a moon.— Space Pirate ✌🤟🤘 (@seanlconnelly) June 23, 2019
For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2019
[via CNET, cover image via Wikimedia Commons]
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