Would you believe it is destiny when you see your name in a prediction made years ago? Well, this just happened to SpaceX CEO and billionaire Elon Musk.
The CEO and co-founder of private space exploration company, SpaceX, announced his dream and goal to send humans on a spacecraft to Mars in 2024. As we all know, the Red Planet has been a part of Elon Musk's dreams for a long time.
Musk, himself, has even argued that the only salvation for life on Earth lies in achieving space colonisation. He even mentioned his dream of one day being buried on Mars.
There are still some mixed emotions on whether Musk will be the person to pull off a first-ever crewed spaceship and start a colony on Mars. But, it may just have gotten more real than ever.
A German scientist predicted Musk's ambitions back in the 1950s. The news was new to the billionaire after a tweet at the end of last year. It said, "Destiny, destiny. There is no escape for me."
Twitter user, Toby Li, responded with an interesting fact. He said, "Speaking about destiny, did you know that Von Braun's 1953 book, Mars Project, referenced a person named Elon that would bring humans to Mars? Pretty nuts."
Li was referencing the book Mars Project: A Technical Tale (Das Marsprojekt) by German-American rocket physicist, astronautical engineer and space architect Wernher Von Braun.
Von Braun was a principal developer of Nazi Germany's V-2 rocket. After World War II, Von Braun emigrated to the United States. In his time in the US, he helped craft the country's space exploration program, including NASA.
In his science-fiction book, Mars Project, he talks about the experience of what a trip to Mars would have been like during the middle of the Cold War. He further explained that he envisioned that human colonists on Mars would be led by a person called "Elon".
However, another Twitter user brought it to our attention. He stated that "Elon" was not the name of the leader of the Martian community in Von Braun's book but rather a title.
Some believe that the connection between Von Braun's novel and Musk is purely coincidental. It is still an intriguing story to imagine that some people are born with a written destiny.