Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made ripples in the space-time continuum on Sunday when he appeared to mistake an image of the Moon for one of Mars.
Musk tweeted out the image next to the phrase "Occupy Mars."
And to be fair, the image he used kind of looks like a red planet:
https://t.co/yUUSNdWMEw— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk) 1561324592.0
But it was most definitely not Mars.
Of course, Musk was not the first to make that mistake...
For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago… https://t.co/wTTkOYEC4G— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1559929081.0
Musk's post actually featured an image of a "Blood Moon" from the July 2018 lunar eclipse.
Musk was immediately pounced on by astute Twitter users.
@elonmusk That’s the moon https://t.co/OXU81kRNuE— Viv 🍥 (@Viv 🍥) 1561324762.0
@elonmusk First you need to be able to identify a picture of it dude— jon rosenberg🌮🌯 (@jon rosenberg🌮🌯) 1561331865.0
@elonmusk 1. That's the moon 2. If Occupy had gotten it's way, if the spirit of Occupy had succeeded, you'd be firs… https://t.co/4ZiqGUHSiR— 🌻Elle 🐈Gato🐈 Maruska 🌻(they/them) (@🌻Elle 🐈Gato🐈 Maruska 🌻(they/them)) 1561377476.0
@elonmusk Are we occupying Mars during a lunar eclipse or did you not realize that's the moon?— Dave Hogg (@Dave Hogg) 1561332330.0
Hey Super Space Genius, that’s the moon in a total lunar eclipse https://t.co/osZjHnarfK— Uppity Jupiter Girl (@Uppity Jupiter Girl) 1561327447.0
Certainly not a blunder you'd want to see from someone so heavily involved in space exploration.
But hold up for a second.
Perhaps it wasn't a mistake at all.
After all, as mentioned, a few weeks back President Trump was widely mocked after bizarrely tweeting out that the Moon is part of Mars.
So perhaps this was just Musk's sly attempt at a dig.
Either way, he responded with humor to being caught.
@flcnhvy Moon too— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk) 1561324974.0
Musk is known for having kind of a bizarre Twitter feed, so let's not put it past him to troll all of us.
If so...good one?