Story By: Ernest Bio Bogore, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
Elon Musk has agreed to send disabled athlete Philippe Croizon – the first quadruple amputee to swim across the English Channel – into space after he plucked up the courage to ask the SpaceX billionaire.
French athlete and adventurer Croizon, 52, asked the Tesla and SpaceX CEO if he would send him into space after promising to do so if he reached 50,000 Twitter followers before Christmas.
After reaching the milestone ahead of schedule, Croizon tagged Musk in a message on 20th November.
The Frenchman, who now boasts nearly 56,000 followers, said in the message: “Hello Elon Musk, I’m a famous French adventurer with no arms and legs! Send me into space to show once again that anything is possible.”
Later the same day, Musk replied: “One day we’ll fly you aboard Starship”.
Croizon later said: “We continued to talk a little bit in private. We exchanged contact details, and hopefully, we will continue our discussions further this week.”
He added that for now, he would prefer to see “two or three other shuttles go” before feeling ready to don an astronaut’s outfit.
Croizon is the first quadruple amputee to swim across the English Channel and compete in the Dakar Rally.
According to reports today, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index has officially confirmed Musk as the world’s second-richest person with an estimated net worth of USD 128 billion (GBP 96 billion) after Tesla’s market value shot up.
Musk jumps ahead of Bill Gates and falls short of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, whose net worth reportedly stands at USD 182 billion (GBP 96 billion), according to the Bloomberg index.
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