The following is an excerpt from Melody Hahm | November 3, 2016 | Yahoo.com |
Space has long been seen as the final frontier for all sorts of people, from kids who want to be astronauts when they grow up to intrepid tourists and entrepreneurs.
Mark and Scott Kelly, twin brothers and retired US Navy captains and astronauts, spoke at the Yext Location World Conference in New York City about how that seemingly unattainable world is becoming a reality to the masses.
Though some might contend that Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are merely billionaire hobbies, the Kelly twins support their initiatives and believe it’s excellent for such influential leaders to be penetrating the space industry. This, however, wasn’t always the case.
Mark admits that, at first, he was skeptical of Musk’s ambitions. But after Mark met Musk and started following his work, he became fully supportive of SpaceX. In fact, he’s now a consultant for the company.
“I didn’t think he’d be able to pull it off,” he said. “[Musk] said he’s going to orbit a spacecraft. He said he’s going to deliver cargo to the space station. He said he’s going to land his rocket on a barge in the ocean so he can reuse it. All those things I was like ‘Ah, I don’t think so.’ But he’s done it,” Mark said. “So I think when you look at the success he’s had, his ambition doesn’t seem that crazy anymore.”
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