Elon Musk Says "People Will Die" on the First SpaceX Mission to Mars

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 12:24PM
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 12:24PM
Elon Musk Says "People Will Die" on the First SpaceX Mission to Mars
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As we grow closer and closer to the end of September - the date that Elon Musk has set to reveal his plans for colonizing Mars- it seems that Musk himself is getting the most excited. Musk's SpaceX plans to fly an unmanned spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018, but it's the future manned missions, landing in 2025, that have really got Musk raving. "This is going to be mind blowing," said in an interview with Washington Post. "I'm so tempted to talk more about the details of it. But I have to restrain myself."

SpaceX plans to fly unmanned spacecraft to Mars that are timed to occur every two years starting in 2018. "Essentially what we're saying is we're establishing a cargo route to Mars. It's a regular cargo route," added Musk, "It's going to happen every 26 months. Like a train leaving the station." If these cargo missions go well, then manned missions will begin in 2025. Musk calls these missions "hard, risky, dangerous, and difficult," but promises that the payoff will be huge.

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"I do want to emphasize this is not about sending a few people to Mars," he explained. "It's about having an architecture that would enable the creation of a self-sustaining city on Mars with the objective of being a multi-planet species and true space-faring civilization and one day being out there among the stars."
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But even Musk has to admit, "It's dangerous and probably people will die - and they'll know that. And then they'll pave the way, and ultimately it will be very safe to go to Mars, and it will be very comfortable. But that will be many years in the future." 

Unlike NASA, which relies on public money and is therefore risk adverse when it comes to "loss of crew," SpaceX appears to be willing to take some serious risks to be the unprecedented mission to Mars. But Musk remains optimistic: "Hopefully there's enough people who are like that who are willing to go build the foundation, at great risk, for a Martian city."