Tech billionaire Elon Musk promised to bring humans to Mars by 2024. But was his mission predicted nearly 70 years ago?
The book is called “Mars Project: A Technical Tale,” by Wernher von Braun, a rocket scientist and engineer. Von Braun started out as a N**i rocket scientist. He worked in N**i Germany’s rocket development program during the beginning of his career. After the end of World War II, the United States recruited Von Braun and roughly 1,600 other German engineers and scientists to work for a classified intelligence program known as ‘Operation Paperclip.’
After moving to the U.S., Von Braun also became part of an effort to produce content in various media–including books, televised guest appearances, and toys–in order to create stories that explained complex scientific ideas to laymen. His book “Mars Project” was meant to describe a Mars mission.
However, Toby Li was only slightly off: Von Braun’s book says that the highest leader on Mars will be known as the ‘Elon’, not that his name will be Elon.