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23 Facts About Elon Musk from His Reddit AMA and Beyond

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SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk took time out Jan. 5 for an interactive "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session on Reddit.

Musk, also CEO and founder of Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA), and cofounder of PayPal Inc., was peppered with questions from Reddit users. The online Q&A session attracted more than 8,000 comments over a few hours. Questions ran the gamut from personal to technical to trivial.

Why did so many hop on to Musk's AMA? Musk is a visionary. He was at the forefront of the digital payments revolution with PayPal. He shook up the traditional auto market with Tesla's luxury electric car line. He has transformed space travel with SpaceX. Indeed, NASA awarded SpaceX a $2.6 billion contract in September 2014 to transport U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Here are 23 facts about Musk, including gems from last week's AMA, to give you a good idea of who this entrepreneur really is...

Next SpaceX Launch Set for 4:47 a.m. ET Saturday

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Updated Thursday, Jan. 8: A historic SpaceX launch originally set for Tuesday morning was delayed a minute before liftoff. The unmanned Dragon was to carry 5,000 lbs. of fresh groceries, new equipment, and even Christmas presents to the six astronauts currently on board the International Space Station (ISS).

The landing itself is the historic part. If all goes well, SpaceX will bring its Falcon 9 rocket’s main booster back to a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean. That requires a pinpoint landing.

Booster recovery has never been done before. If successful, the maneuver would significantly lower the cost of spaceflight – a key SpaceX goal.

Here’s what happened on Tuesday, and a look at the next SpaceX launch…

Investing in Space Stocks: The Final Money-Making Frontier

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The commercialization of space is estimated to be worth more than $300 billion a year.

Over the past two decades, the role of private industry has grown as that of the government has shrunk, opening up new investing opportunities in the "final frontier."

Here’s what’s behind the rise of private space, and two space stocks to buy to tap into this futuristic cash cow…

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