From ‘Jeff who?’ to ‘Thanks.’

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are two of the world’s wealthiest males. Each personal non-public rocket corporations. And in public, their relationship has been characterised by battle.

In a single notable put down, Mr. Musk responded, “Jeff who?” when an interviewer inquired about competitors between SpaceX and Mr. Bezos’ area firm, Blue Origin (which lately carried the Amazon founder to the sting of area).

However on Thursday after the Inspiration4 launch, everybody was being a bit nicer, not less than on Twitter. Mr. Bezos congratulated Mr. Musk and SpaceX for the profitable launch of an non-professional astronaut crew to orbit, a milestone in human spaceflight and one thing that might have been unimaginable just some years in the past.

Mr. Musk even replied politely.

Whereas the 2 managed the temporary parley on Twitter, there may be loads of battle to come back. After NASA gave SpaceX a contract to construct its subsequent spacecraft to hold astronauts to the floor of the moon, Blue Origin cried foul over failing to additionally obtain one. When a regulatory problem failed, Mr. Bezos’ firm headed to federal court docket, the place the dispute over the contract continues.

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