Elon Musk, who wants to colonize space, thought the moon was Mars

Elon Musk apparently can’t go more than a week without noise on Twitter, and everybody’s favorite meme lord is back from E3 and ready to make vague scientific commitments.

Musk took a brief Twitter departure last week after he tweeted fan art of the character 2B from the video game Nier: Automata. Commenters suggested that Musk credit the artist of the piece but he had an unsavory response to this. “No one should be credited with anything ever,” wrote Musk in a now mostly deleted Twitter tantrum.

Musk claimed he was deleting his entire account, but is back online.

https://twitter.com/KonaYMA6/status/1140705833459822595

And back to his antics!

In a tweet posted on Sunday afternoon, Musk attached an image with the text “Occupy Mars” and an image of a celestial body. The problem here? The image included a picture of the moon during a total lunar eclipse instead of Mars as Musk supposedly intended. People online did not hold back when pointing this out.

A reminder: Musk is the CEO of SpaceX, a private space transportation services company with plans to send humans to Mars.

How did this happen? Did Musk make the image himself? Did he have a personal assistant do it? We’ve reached out to Space X for context and clarity.

Musk has since admitted his mistake, laughing it off with some emoji. This admission also invalidates the idea that this whole thing was a joke by Musk referencing President Donald Trump calling the moon a part of Mars.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1142905564189450240

The entrepreneur has 27 million followers on Twitter.

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Ignacio Martinez

Ignacio Martinez

Ignacio Martinez is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin and an intern at the Daily Dot. His work has appeared in the Texas Observer and on the airwaves at KVRX 91.7 FM.