“Thank you, sir, ha ha. We’re hoping for a mutually beneficial and prosperous long-term cooperation,” the tech billionaire wrote.
The message came in response to Roscosmos boss Dmitry Rogozin’s tweet in which – in English – he congratulated his NASA counterpart, Jim Bridenstine, on a successful launch, and asked him to convey his “sincere greetings” to Elon Musk.
Спасибо, сэр, ха-ха. Мы рассчитываем на взаимовыгодное и процветающее долгосрочное сотрудничество.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2020
But the assistance of NASA’s administrator wasn’t needed, apparently. Being an active Twitter user, Musk found the tweet himself and swiftly responded to it in Russian, prompting some positive feedback from Russian Twitter users.
The successful SpaceX launch marked a huge step forward in Musk’s dream Starship project, which he hopes will someday see reusable rockets delivering both people and cargo to Earth’s orbit, as well as to the Moon and beyond.
Moreover, it enabled NASA to deliver its astronauts to space for the first time in nine years, having previously had to rely on Russian Soyuz craft.