Elon Musk talks about moving to Mars. “There’s a “70% chance I go to Mars and there’s a good chance of death”
Elon Musk has been talking about colonizing the Red Planet for over a decade now. Little did we know that Elon Musk was planning to move to Mars himself. In an exclusive interview for “Axios on HBO” in 2018, Elon Musk said he sees a 70 percent chance that he’ll live to ride one of his SpaceX rockets to Mars. “I know exactly what to do,” he said. “I’m talking about moving there.”
Musk also shrugged off the idea that a Mars voyage could be an escape hatch for the rich for problems on this planet. “Your probability of dying on Mars is much higher than earth. Really the ad for going to Mars would be like [Sir Ernest] Shackleton’s [supposed] ad for going to the Antarctic” in the early 20th century, he said.
Musk’s ambition to go to Mars has been dismissed as fantasy by some scientists and space experts. But Musk is resolute about going to Mars. Just last December, Musk said he remains “highly confident” that SpaceX will land humans on Mars by 2026, adding that it’s an achievable goal “about six years from now.” He said that SpaceX plans to send a Starship rocket without a crew “in two years.”
“It’s gonna be hard. There’s a good chance of death, going in a little can through deep space.”
Musk went on to say that even if you land successfully, “you’ll be working nonstop to build the base.” Musk further explained: “So, you know, not much time for leisure. And even after doing all this, it’s a very harsh environment. So … there’s a good chance you die there. We think you can come back but we’re not sure. Now, does that sound like an escape hatch for rich people?”
“There’s a lot of people who climb mountains. People die on Mount Everest all the time. They like doing it for the challenge.”
Just last April during the Earth Day event to discuss the $100 million XPRIZE Carbon Removal project “aimed at helping to keep the Earth habitable while humanity seeks to become an interplanetary species,” Musk made a blunt prediction about the planned Mars mission to colonize the red planet.
In an interview with Dr. Peter Diamandis, the founder and chairman of the X Prize Foundation for scientific discovery, Musk said: You might die. It’s going to be uncomfortable and you probably won’t have good food, and all these things, you know.” Musk went on to say that “a bunch of people will probably die but it’s going to be a glorious adventure.”
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