Can we make it to Mars within less than a decade ? Image Credit: NASA/Pat Rawlings
The SpaceX CEO is hoping to see a manned mission to Mars happen within the space of just nine years.
Musk, who has plans to eventually build a city on the Red Planet, told attendees at the StartmeupHK Festival in Hong Kong this week that SpaceX was planning to launch a manned mission to Mars within the next decade and announced that he would be unveiling the architecture of a Mars spacecraft at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico later this year.
"Mars is the next natural step. In fact, it's the only planet we have a shot at establishing a self-sustaining city on," he said.
"Once we do establish such a city, there will be strong forcing function for the improvement of space flight technology that will then enable us to establish colonies elsewhere in the solar system and ultimately extend beyond our solar system."
"It would be exciting and inspiring, and there needs to be things that excite and inspire people."
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