Elon Musk mocked President Joe Biden to explain why the president never acknowledged the completion of a historic SpaceX mission over the weekend.
“He’s still sleeping,” Musk tweeted regarding Biden’s silence Sunday.
He’s still sleeping
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 19, 2021
On Saturday, SpaceX completed the first-ever civilian mission into outer space, the company announced. The four-person civilian crew orbited Earth on the Dragon spaceship for three days before returning and splashing down safely off the coast of Florida.
The Dragon and its crew orbited at a distance of 575 km from Earth, which is more than 150 km further into space than the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX said.
The purpose of the mission was both to study the human body in space and raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission has already raised more than $210 million.
The crew included a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital physician assistant, a tech executive and a U.S. Air Force veteran and geoscientist, according to SpaceX.
The White House had not commented on the mission as of Monday.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
SpaceX previously made history in November when it became the first private company to transport four National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts to the ISS. Former Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence attended the launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
In May 2020, SpaceX conducted a mission alongside NASA, which sent astronauts into space for the first time from U.S. soil since 2011. Former President Donald Trump attended and complimented that launch.
“I’m so proud of the people of NASA, public and private. When you see a sight like that, it’s incredible,” the former president said at the time. “When you hear that sound — the roar — you can imagine how dangerous it is.”
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