Elon Musk laughs at meme mocking Jeff Bezos upcoming space flight as feud between billionaires continues

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What time does Blue Origin launch?

Blue Origin's first human launch with Jeff Bezos: When to watch and what to know. The launch is set for 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) on July 20, 2021. Space.comBlue Origin's first human launch with Jeff Bezos: When to watch and what to know

Where is Blue Origin launching from?

On Tuesday, the 52nd anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing, Blue Origin will launch its billionaire founder Jeff Bezos on a suborbital spaceflight from the company's Launch Site One in West Texas near Van Horn. Space.comBlue Origin's Jeff Bezos launch on New Shepard: Live updates

Is Bezos going to space?

Bezos will attempt to fly to space on Tuesday, July 20, launching aboard a rocket and capsule developed by Blue Origin, the Amazon founder's private space company. NBC NewsNow it's Jeff Bezos' turn to make history with flight into space

On July 11, Branson, Virgin Galactic founder and entrepreneur, flew 85km (282,000ft or 53 miles) to the edge of space in the rocket-plane Unity that his company has been developing for 17 years. The billionaire's flight also marked the successful flight of a space-tourism craft, beating out rivals Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in the process. The journey lasted an hour and served as a test of Virgin Galactic's tourism experience, which Branson aims to launch commercially next year.

Continuing their trend of oddly prophetic moments, it seems that Branson's journey was predicted by The Simpsons back in 2014. Twitter user Aditya Kondawar pointed this out in a viral tweet while asking: "How can The Simpsons show predict every Damn thing?" along with screenshots from Branson's space flight and the episode in question. In episode 15 of the show's 25th season, titled "The War of Art", Lisa and Homer meet and art forger named Klaus Ziegler voiced by Max von SydowWhile being admonished by Lisa, Ziegler points out that his forgeries have brought happiness to people all around the world leading to a series of cutaways to prove this point, including one of Branson admiring a painting while floating in a space shuttle. You can see Kondwar's full tweet below:

How can The Simpsons show predict every Damn thing? 😯 pic.twitter.com/9wt3uSbiFh

Perhaps the prediction isn't as off-the-wall as it may seem however, especially when you consider that Branson's company had been developing a viable form of space tourism since 2004. With that in mind, the prediction isn't as much of a wildcard as some of The Simpson's other predictions - like Donald Trump becoming President - but it's still entertaining nonetheless. Rather, it's more of a suitable pastiche of the entrepreneur whose challenging foray into space tourism has become something of a defining feature over the past two decades.

Branson's appearance in the episode isn't his first within The Simpsons either, with the entrepreneur first appearing in the season 20 episode, "The Burns and the Bees" and again in a fully voiced appearance in the season 26 episode, "The Princess Guide" as a neighbor of Mr. Burns, with a relationship between the two akin to Homer and Ned Flanders. These episodes have suitably parodied Branson in a way that audiences would typically expect of The Simpsons, but never in such a prescient manner as his space flight in the 2014 episode. Still, now that Branson has successfully achieved his lifelong ambition of traveling to space, The Simpsons will surely utilize it for further ribbing in episodes going forward.

Source: Aditya Kondawar

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