Musk's Twitter account has more than 35 million followers, and by Tuesday morning, his announcement had been retweeted more than 34,000 times and liked more than 433,900 times.
And he's faced legal issues over his tweets. He called British cave diver Vernon Unsworth a "pedo guy" in a 2018 tweet, and was found not liable for damages in a defamation lawsuit. Also in 2018, Musk mused in a tweet that he might take Tesla private, which and Musk stepping down as chair of Tesla's board.
More recently, he's tweeted multiple times about the probably close to zero new cases in US too by end of April." There were more than a million cases in the US by that time., first, writing " ," and later . In mid-March, he erroneously predicted there would be "
"It's not like I stand by all the tweets I've ever done," Musk told Bloomberg Businessweek in May. "Some of them were definitely extremely dumb. On balance, the good outweighs the bad."
Some Twitter followers linked Musk's recent space achievements with his announcement.
"You're not allowed to leave and go to Mars while we're all stuck here with riots, virus panic, murder hornets and Ebola," wrote one Twitter user. "At least take some of us with you."