Billionaire Jeff Bezos stunned the entire world as he took to social media to pen a congratulatory message for arch-rival Elon Musk, post-SpaceX’s successful Inspiration4 launch. Known for being at loggerheads for years, Bezos and Musk have gone on to take jibes at one another publicly, but their recent cordial banter on Twitter has left many surprised.
Taking to the microblogging site, the Amazon founder 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 to everyone’s surprise, Musk too responded with a “Thank you.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 16, 2021
While the billionaires’ engaged in friendly banter, post Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX’s successful mission, the tweets instantly grabbed the attention of several Twitter users, who shared their views on Bezos and Musk’s cordial exchange.
I didnt expect you to reply to jeff lmaoo
— ƧΉIПIGΛMI ΣYΣƧ🚀 (@Pill0wc4se) September 16, 2021
You guys are supposed to be mean to each other
— Fintwit (@fintwit_news) September 16, 2021
When Jeff Bezos congratulated Elon Musk on a successful launch pic.twitter.com/hWRfbEQWGc
— boredjesse (@boredjesse) September 16, 2021
Elon said “Jeff who? ” 😂 pic.twitter.com/zEHRRNJiPE
— Sahil (@sahilypatel) September 16, 2021
This feels much better gentleman. 💪💕
Look at you guys being all friendly
— MrBeast (@MrBeast) September 16, 2021
When they have no other option they congratulate! LoL @elonmusk
— cryptonewbie (@dogexrp9) September 16, 2021
Interestingly, aerospace company Blue Origin, founded by Bezos, had recently filed lawsuits against SpaceX, and even sued NASA for awarding the latter with a huge space contract. Post which the Tesla founder, took a public jibe at Bezos on social media and commented on his decision to step down as Amazon CEO as well. Well, this wasn’t the end as Musk even shared his views on reports of Bezos’ investment in an anti-ageing research startup, taking their feud to the next level.
Meanwhile, both aerospace companies (Musk’s SpaceX and Bezos’ Blue Origin) have been awarded a contract to develop designs for NASA’s moon-lander mission. While Blue Origin has received a contract of $25.6 million, the space agency has commissioned $9.4 million for SpaceX while the remaining amount of the contract has been allocated among the other companies mentioned in NASA’s statement.
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