I haven’t done one of these Sci-fi IRL posts in quite a while now, have I? So, here you go! Anyway, NASA is now trying to conquer the cosmos (figuratively of course) for over 50 years. However, SpaceX is only in the business since 14 years ago. So, what makes it that I’m here comparing these two organizations?
First of all, I’ll start with giving you guys a little bit of a history of the, both. First of all, NACA was created in 1915 (during World War I). Its goal was to, of course, to discover the universe we live in using science and aeronautics. However, when the Seconds World War broke out, NACA found themselves making bombs and missiles rather than telescopes and testing good planes. So, in 1958, long ofter the war, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, created NASA. He wanted this to be a fully peaceful organization doing what NACA was trying to do, only doing it right. Of course, by peaceful, he meant constantly trying to out-smart, out-number, have more rockets and have more astronomical accomplishments than the Soviet Union.
The Co-Director of NASA was no other than the genius Wernher Von Braun. There is a whole post about him on my blog. Click here to read it. Now, this man is considered by many people to be the father of the Saturn V rocket. This is, of course, the rocket that allowed us to walk on the Moon in 1969. However, Von Braun sadly died in 1977. He’s been dead for almost 40 years now. Of course, NASA has had many geniuses walk through their doors since his death, but there was no denying that he was the one that had a vision and started all of this.
Now, this is where Elon Musk comes in. Musk was born in 1971, currently making him only 45. I dare say, that Musk is just as much a genius as Von Braun was, if not more. Musk is the current definition of an incredible engineer. So, NASA have themselves sorted, don’t they? Here’s another genius. He’ll come make rockets for them… but, wait! Musk isn’t interested in working for NASA. He made his own company called SpaceX. It was founded in 2002 by none other Elon Musk.
This newbie in the world of space discovery does get some government subsidies, but nothing compared to the money NASA receives. And, of course, SpaceX is a private company, so they have no rules to follow apart from the law. They don’t have some American Government telling them what to do. They’re as free as a wild flock of birds. And so, I will continue this topic in the next post, where I will be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each of these institutions.
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