Like something out of Space 1999 (which was made in the 70's and like lots of sci-fi of that era, overestimated the advances in space travel mankind would make by the end of the millennium) Elon Musk's privately held spacerocket company, Space X, has unveiled its new Dragon V2 capsule which is reusable and will be able to make soft landings back on Earth.
I wouldn't go so far to say he's a close buddy, but I've hung out with and partied with Elon a few times with a mutual friend and like him. He's definitely a visionary and a fun guy. Elon gave me a tour of the SpaceX facility a few years ago and he thinks the future of the human race lies in space exploration. I don't disagree with him.