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Ticket to Mars could someday cost $500,000

March 23, 2012 | Comment icon 34 comments



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SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk is aiming for a future in which tickets to Mars cost $500,000 per person.
Even though a manned mission to Mars is likely still decades away, SpaceX founder Musk is already working on a means with which to bring down the cost of a trip for tourists of the future. One key cost reduction would be to design a spacecraft that can make round-trip journeys, eliminating the cost of building a whole new vessel each time. "Land on Mars, a round-trip ticket half a million dollars. It can be done," he said.
Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk says SpaceX is developing a plan for trips to Mars that will eventually cost just $500,000 per seat. Musk founded SpaceX 10 years ago and interplanetary travel has always been one of his goals for the company.


Source: Wired | Comments (34)


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Comment icon #25 Posted by DONTEATUS 10 years ago
How much for going to the moon? I'd rather go to the moon than Mars. Sit on a deck chair, have a beer and watch our Earth for a few hours. Well thats the best thing Ive read all Day ! Me too ! THe Moon Rocks ! it has all the stuff we need to get by ,and the View of Earth is the BEst in our Solar system ! Join our U/M party thread we are going to Mars,and we have trips planned to the Moon,and all planets of the Imagination !
Comment icon #26 Posted by bouncer 10 years ago
How much for going to the moon? I'd rather go to the moon than Mars. Sit on a deck chair, have a beer and watch our Earth for a few hours. Sounds good! Wont beer explode on the way tho? Unless they make a bubble-less one? And that just wont be quite the same will it?
Comment icon #27 Posted by Eldorado 10 years ago
Sounds good! Wont beer explode on the way tho? Unless they make a bubble-less one? And that just wont be quite the same will it? By the time moon-trips are available for riff-raff such as myself, there will already be a brewery on the moon. And deck-chair attendants, no doubt. lol
Comment icon #28 Posted by bouncer 10 years ago
By the time moon-trips are available for riff-raff such as myself, there will already be a brewery on the moon. And deck-chair attendants, no doubt. lol Pub on the moon!! I bet that wont have much of an atmosphere... !
Comment icon #29 Posted by Eldorado 10 years ago
Pub on the moon!! I bet that wont have much of an atmosphere... ! The atmosphere will improve once they hire the right bouncer.
Comment icon #30 Posted by bouncer 10 years ago
The atmosphere will improve once they hire the right bouncer. Damn right, and they'll be hearing..."Ladies and Genitals, the bars now closed, now - you dont have to go home...but you cant stay here either...chop-chop"
Comment icon #31 Posted by spud the mackem 10 years ago
The atmosphere will improve once they hire the right bouncer. You have the job mate,but if I wear my green wellies will you let me in ,and do the Flight Hosties get in free ?
Comment icon #32 Posted by bouncer 10 years ago
You have the job mate,but if I wear my green wellies will you let me in ,and do the Flight Hosties get in free ? Yeh course, green wellies get to go to the green room VIP... always a guest list +20 for the hosties...
Comment icon #33 Posted by JayMark 10 years ago
Nice job editing for spin!! What I actually wrote was "First, please explain how people are dying from starvation, dehydration, and pollution and how this in any way relates to tickets to Mars" but, hey, apparently you see what you want to see... /gasp!!! Guess you saw the personal message I sent you. About this point, you are absolutely right. I thought it was a two part question but that would be misinterpreting so I can't blame you for misinterpreting my posts then. You mentioned that you work with addicts for free out of the kindness of your heart in another post. That is very commendable ... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by JayMark 10 years ago
How much for going to the moon? I'd rather go to the moon than Mars. Sit on a deck chair, have a beer and watch our Earth for a few hours. Excellent! I'll bring the fly swatter. Because there are some flies on the moon right? *Pauses for a minute* You guys told me there were!


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