Elon Musk has wrestled success out of a bruising string of failures that date back to 1995, when he couldn't even land a job at Netscape. Among his most explosive flops are a literal series of explosions: His SpaceX, one of the most ambitious private ventures in history, began in 2006 with its first rocket launch ending in one. The next year, launch attempt No. 2 resulted in explosion No. 2. A rocket failed in 2013 and in 2015. His fourth rocket exploded at launch, as did experimental drone ships. Another rocket exploded in 2016, this time carrying a $300 million satellite. Amazingly, SpaceX has turned things around — even launching two NASA astronauts into space to help them reach the International Space Station. Now Musk is back in the news for making a non-solicited offer to buy Twitter, where he recently became the biggest shareholder, and it remains to be seen whether that will blow up on him, too. "I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy," he said in his letter to the company. "Since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form."
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