In 1953 a scientist predicted a man titled ‘Elon’ would lead humans to Mars and crown himself ‘Martian Emperor’
- In October, Elon Musk proclaimed that in 2024 humans would set foot on Mars.
- An essay published in 1953 tells of how a leader titled “Elon” would lead humans to the planet.
- In a temporary update on his Twitter profile, Musk proclaimed himself imperator of Mars.
In October, Elon Musk, the CEO and founder of SpaceX, proclaimed that in 2024 humans would set foot on Mars.
The billionaire believes the only way to save the future of humanity is to colonize space.
“If we make life multiplanetary, there may come a day when some plants & animals die out on Earth, but are still alive on Mars,” Musk tweeted in mid-April.
In 1953, a book was published that predicted plans for an “Elon” to take humans to Mars.
On December 30, Musk quoted a popular line from “Young Frankenstein” on Twitter: “Destiny, destiny. No escaping that for me.
What Musk probably didn’t know was that his destiny was already sealed. Not in the stars, but on paper.
Despite its fictional origin, the quote is, in fact, referring to ideas about predestination, in which the life of every human is already predetermined either by divine design or by genetics.
Quoting this on Twitter led to a surprising revelation — a fellow Twitter user, Toby Li, responded to him: “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.”
The book he’s referring to is “Mars Project: A Technical Tale,” written by Wernher von Braun, a German-born aerospace engineer and space architect, according to Gizmodo.
Von Braun was the leading figure in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany and, later, a pioneer of rocket space technology in the United States. Between his twenties and early thirties, he worked on Nazi Germany’s rocket development program. After the war, he secretly moved to the US with around 1,600 other German scientists, engineers, and technicians, as part of a secret US intelligence program called Operation Paperclip.
Von Braun’s nonfiction book is not a standard essay; it uses a narrative to explain to the average reader how a trip to Mars might look in the Cold War.
The problem is that the user Toby Li’s explanation is not entirely accurate. In his book, Von Braun doesn’t say that a person named Elon would lead humanity to Mars but rather that the name of the leader’s position would be “Elon.”
This was clarified by another Twitter user, Pranay Pathole, who provided the English version of the book
The paragraph in question says: “The Martian government was directed by ten men, the leader of whom was elected by universal suffrage for five years and entitled ‘Elon.’ Two houses of Parliament enacted the laws to be administered by the Elon and his cabinet.”