Jeff Bezos congratulates space rival Elon Musk on historic mission

Jeff Bezos congratulates space rival Elon Musk on historic mission

September 17, 2021

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This space race is awfully civilized.

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and Tesla founder Elon Musk are supposed to be locked in a bitter battle to establish the first commercial space-travel company.

But Bezos seems to be rooting for his supposed opponent.

Musk’s Space X company launched a historic all-civilian flight on Wednesday night, marking the first time that people have traveled to space without a professional astronaut on board.

But rather than brooding over his rival beating him to the milestone, Bezos, 57, tweeted, “Congratulations to @ElonMusk and the @SpaceX team on their successful Inspiration4 launch last night. Another step towards a future where space is accessible to all of us.”

And Bezos is not a guy who tweets lightly. The last time he posted was February 2020, when he posted a picture of himself “discussing climate, sustainability, and preserving the natural world” with French president Emanuel Macron.

Musk, 50, continued the oddly gracious exchange, replying “Thank you.”

The mood has been a little less magnanimous offline, where Bezo’s Blue Origin space project sued NASA for giving Space X a contract and filed a complaint against Musk’s outfit with the Federal Communications Commission.

Bezos and Blue Origin also celebrated a giant leap in July, when the mogul traveled to space in the company’s first passenger rocket.

Meanwhile, before his launch, Musk was setting fashion week alight.

As Page Six reported, Musk hosted stars including Lil Nas X, Leo DiCaprio, Chris Rock, Rami Malek, music mogul Scooter Braun, Nina Agdal, and rapper Lil Baby at a Met Gala afterparty at the fashionable private club Zero Bond.

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