Elon Musk compares space image shared by NASA with kitchen slab

Jul 15, 2022: According to a report by NDTV, tech billionaire Elon Musk has shared a meme comparing the granite slab of a kitchen with a visual of the space, in a light-hearted jibe targeting the NASA.

The meme tweeted by the Tesla boss showed a dark-coloured kitchen slab with white spots that resemble stars in an otherwise dark space.

“Nice try, NASA,” a text in the meme read.

Musk’s tweet comes days after the US space agency shared photos of the space taken by its James Webb telescope, the most powerful observatory ever placed in orbit.

The stunning shot, released in a White House briefing by President Joe Biden, is overflowing with thousands of galaxies and features some of the faintest objects observed.

Known as Webb’s First Deep Field, it shows the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, which acts as a gravitational lens, bending light from more distant galaxies behind it towards the observatory, in a cosmic magnification effect.

Launched in December 2021 from French Guiana on an Ariane 5 rocket, Webb is orbiting the Sun at a distance of a million miles (1.6 million kilometres) from Earth, in a region of space called the second Lagrange point.

Billionaire Musk is known for his strong meme game – be it for taking digs or responding to critics.

Last week, former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver warned SpaceX could struggle to recruit and maintain its workforce if it doesn’t fix its “bro culture.”

“These rockets don’t build themselves,” Garver said.”The best and the brightest, they aren’t going to put up with behaviour that is truly a distraction.”

“The bro culture could succeed in the past because the predominant number of engineers were white males,” she added. “That is no longer the case. And we absolutely benefit from all comers. All views.”

She told CNN Business that if companies like SpaceX don’t start to address sexism, “they will lose workforce.”

Last month, SpaceX employees wrote a letter to company president Gwynne Shotwell criticizing Elon Musk’s behaviour, which they dubbed “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment.” The next day New York Times reported that the space venture had terminated several employees that helped organise the letter.

In addition to mentioning Musk’s tweets, the letter referenced a recent sexual misconduct allegation against the SpaceX CEO. It alleged the company paid a former flight attendant $250,000 after she accused Musk of sexually harassing her.

Musk told Insider at the time that there was “a lot more to the story,” but later joked about the allegations on Twitter.

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