Since the 23rd of June a football team consisting of 12 boys and their coach have been stuck deep within the Tham Luang Nang Non caves in northern Thailand after torrential rain caused the water level to rise rapidly. This left the group with no choice but to venture further into the cave system to find a dry spot, since finding a landing spot the team were stuck there for 9 days before two British divers found them, following this an experienced team of divers managed to rescue 4 of the 13 individuals.

However, current rescue operations are on hold after the first entry depleted resources. Luckily during the first rescue mission the Tesla CEO got to work with his peers in order to create an “escape pod” from “the liquid oxygen transfer tube” of a SpaceX Falcon rocket. The creation is now complete and has been successfully tested, proving it is “light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps” and “extremely robust.” As for whether it will be used, it is unknown at this point, although Musk stated that if it isn’t it could be modified for use as an “escape pod in space.”

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