Elon Musk with the SpaceX Dragon capsule on display at Hawthorne company Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX. This Dragon capsule became the first private spacecraft to achieve orbit and return to Earth. Armed with his personal fortune and a Rolodex full of Silicon Valley venture capitalist contacts, Musk started SpaceX, or Space Exploration Technologies Corp., and co-founded electric car company Tesla Motors Inc. in Palo Alto.
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