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WATCH: NASA to award contracts to SpaceX and Boeing to fly astronauts to space

WATCH: NASA to award contracts to SpaceX and Boeing to fly astronauts to space

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) --NASA is set to announce its decision to award coveted contracts to bring human space flight back to U.S. soil to both Boeing and SpaceX on Tuesday.
Gabrielle Levy
NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station

NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) --NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station
Thor Benson
Elon Musk responds to full-page ad written by Tesla owners

Elon Musk responds to full-page ad written by Tesla owners

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) --Two "very highly satisfied" Tesla owners took out a full-page ad in a local newspaper with suggested improvements to which Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded.
Aileen Graef
SpaceX rocket explodes in test flight over Texas

SpaceX rocket explodes in test flight over Texas

MCGREGOR, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) --A Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX exploded during a test flight over Texas.
Danielle Haynes
Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg: I'll take the ice bucket challenge, and improve it

Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg: I'll take the ice bucket challenge, and improve it

SEATTLE, Aug. 15 (UPI) --Microsoft founder Bill Gates responded to Mark Zuckerberg's ice bucket challenge by "improving" upon it and challenging other prominent innovators to take part.
Matt Bradwell
UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
By United Press International
SpaceX launches commercial satellite AsiaSat8

SpaceX launches commercial satellite AsiaSat8

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) --SpaceX took a break from launching resupply missions to the International Space Station in order to put a new commercial satellite into orbit.
Brooks Hays
Tesla to launch $35K Model 3 in 2017, targets BMW 3 Series

Tesla to launch $35K Model 3 in 2017, targets BMW 3 Series

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 16 (UPI) --Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed a media report that the company's next car will be based on the Model X SUV and will be called the Model 3, selling for $35,000.
Ananth Baliga
Elon Musk celebrates Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday with $1 million museum donation

Elon Musk celebrates Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday with $1 million museum donation

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) --Elon Musk is donating $1 million to the museum being built in honor of inventor Nikola Tesla.
Brooks Hays
Toyota to launch hydrogen fuel cell car in 2015

Toyota to launch hydrogen fuel cell car in 2015

TOYOTA CITY, Japan, June 25 (UPI) --Toyota unveiled its first hydrogen fuel-cell sedan Wednesday, which is expected to be launched in the U.S. and Europe next summer.
Ananth Baliga
A man on Mars is only 12 years away, says Elon Musk

A man on Mars is only 12 years away, says Elon Musk

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) --Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, says we're only 10 to 12 years away from landing a human on Mars, and making life "multi-planetary."
Brooks Hays
All Tesla's patents are belong to you

All Tesla's patents are belong to you

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 12 (UPI) --Tesla CEO Elon Musk has surprised everyone by making patents held by the car manufacturer public in support of the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
Ananth Baliga
Boeing unveils ISS crew capsule

Boeing unveils ISS crew capsule

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) --Boeing has revealed its CST-100 capsule, the spacecraft it hopes will taxi NASA astronauts back and forth from the International Space Station.
Brooks Hays
Elon Musk: 'We could definitely make a flying car'

Elon Musk: 'We could definitely make a flying car'

LONDON, June 9 (UPI) --Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, has said he would be interested in building a flying car "just for fun."
Kate Stanton
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says Ford is killing sex

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says Ford is killing sex

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 5 (UPI) --Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk joked at a shareholders meeting that competitor Ford Motor Co. is killing sex.
Aileen Graef
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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) tours the commercial rocket processing facility of Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, along with Elon Musk, SpacdeX CEO at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 15, 2010. President Obama visited the Kennedy Space Center to deliver remarks on the new course the administration is charting to maintain U.S. leadership in human space flight. UPI/Bill Ingalls/NASA
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Elon Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-American engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for co-founding PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. He is currently the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. According to Jon Favreau, director of the Iron Man movies, Musk is the inspiration for his and Robert Downey Jr.'s interpretation of Tony Stark.

Musk was born and raised in South Africa, the son of a South African engineer and a Canadian mother who worked as a New York City dietitian and model. Musk bought his first computer at age 10 and taught himself how to program; by the age of 12 he sold his first commercial software for about $500, a space game called Blastar.

After matriculating at Pretoria Boys High School he left home in 1988 at the age of 17, without his parents' support and in part because of the prospect of compulsory service in the South African military: "I don't have an issue with serving in the military per se, but serving in the South African army suppressing black people just didn't seem like a really good way to spend time." He wanted to move to the US, saying: "It is where great things are possible."

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