Elon Musk should invent space warp drive, Neil deGrasse Tyson says

It sounds like the famed astrophysicist would rather Elon Musk spent less time thinking about Cybertrucks and more time making Star Trek real.

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Could SpaceX and founder Elon Musk become a real-life Zefram Cochrane, the fictional inventor of warp drive on Star Trek? Astrophysicist and science personality Neil deGrasse Tyson seems to think so.

Tyson tweeted Musk a brief letter asking when the entrepreneur was going to quit messing around with Mars rockets, Hyperloops, Cybertrucks and brain-computer interfaces and instead focus his resources on developing a warp drive like we see powering the spaceships across galaxies in Star Trek . He signed it "Sincerely, Space Geeks of the World."

Musk isn't about to turn SpaceX and Tesla into side projects, so he tweeted back to Tyson with a compelling argument for sticking with his main gigs: "If we create a city on Mars, Earth-Mars travel will be a powerful forcing function for inventing something like warp drive."

Tyson's request was all in good fun. The TV star is a known Star Trek fan. Musk, however, once revealed his favorite movie is the original Star Wars film

This little Twitter back-and-forth isn't likely to change Musk's trajectory or get us any closer to a real warp drive. We'll just have to be content with visions of SpaceX Starships on Mars.

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