It's official: Elon Musk is a bona fide celebrity. He's appeared in Iron Man 2 and his actions appeal to people who don't obsessively follow his work at Tesla Motors. Or SpaceX. Or who send money online. He also makes the late-night talk show rounds, and chatted with Jimmy Kimmel last week. Oddly enough, while Musk and his Twitter tirades against a questionable road test article in
Kimmel introduced Musk as the co-founder of PayPal and the founder of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX, but he left out the electric car part. The interview was all about SpaceX and trips to Mars. "He will lead us to Mars whether we want to go there or not," Kimmel said in the introduction. A brief bit of the interview went like this:
Musk: "I do want to go at some place, and it's probably not a good idea for the CEO to be the test pilot".
Kimmel: "What if we get to Mars and it sucks?"
Musk: "Well, Mars is a fixer-upper of a planet. But I think over time we can make Mars as livable as earth."
Kimmel: "I'd love to have the first talk show on Mars."
Shana Lynch, managing editor at Silicon Valley Business Journal, wrote about the interview, saying "Not that space isn't more fun for nationwide audiences than earnings, but still. We felt a little left out." You can fell left out yourself by watching the video below.