Richard Branson revealed the bizarre story of finding Elon Musk in the kitchen of his New Mexico house in the middle of the night before his first spaceflight .
In an interview this weekend, Mr. Branson said the Twitter and Tesla owner was completely barefoot, cradling his sleeping baby, the X Æ A-12, apparently carrying the first passengers on Virgin Galactic. Wish him all the best before the mission into space.
He said he went downstairs for a coffee and found that “Elon decided to surprise us”.
Mr Branson told the Sunday Times magazine: “He was there with his kids. Basically, he was a night owl.
“He didn’t sleep much at night and only during the day. We made a pot of tea and sat outside under the stars talking.
“I think it was around 2.30am,” Mr Branson told the paper. “I woke up two hours earlier than scheduled and jumped out of bed before I realized my time was wrong, but by then I was wide awake.”
Apparently, one of Mr. Branson’s family members let him in.
Mr Musk later joined Mr Branson at the nearby New Mexico spaceport before the British entrepreneur piloted his Virgin Galactic space tourism vehicle to the edge of space, before Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin flight for 9 days.
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Mr Branson met Mr Musk at the wedding of Larry Page, the billionaire co-founder of Google and a mutual friend, according to the Sunday Times magazine.
The ceremony took place on Necker Island, Branson’s hometown in the Caribbean.