10 Fun Facts About Elon Musk

Elon Musk had plans to send mice or plans to Mars in the early 2000s, so he took a couple of trips to Moscow to attempt to buy some cheap rockets from the Russians. The first trip was in 2001 – the Russians didn’t take him seriously and even spat on him. He came back in 2002, this time with Mike Griffin, who had worked for the CIA’s venture capital arm, In-Q-Tel. They took him more seriously that time, but charged $8 million per rocket and Musk’s counter-offer of $8 million for two wasn’t good enough. According to Musk, that was the impetus behind the creation of SpaceX.