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Elon Musk wants manned trip to Mars by 2025

By T.K. Randall
January 31, 2016 · Comment icon 7 comments



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."

Source: UPI.com | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Chibadiba 7 years ago
Imo it would be best to set up a base on the Moon before going to Mars.
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
Yeah, to be sure. A manned mission to Mars is serious stuff. Not sure what to think about it at this time. I've heard anything from "great job" to "suicide mission" I think it's somewhere in between.
Comment icon #3 Posted by coolguy 7 years ago
I would like to see this,but we wont see a maned mison to mar in our life time
Comment icon #4 Posted by Ozfactor 7 years ago
I hope it happens .. who knows what the future holds for our kind
Comment icon #5 Posted by Dragan 7 years ago
Love to see it in my lifetime.
Comment icon #6 Posted by gatekeeper32 7 years ago
If you research the history of exploration there is always death to follow those in the first batch. Any volunteers for the first rocket.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Peter B 7 years ago
If you research the history of exploration there is always death to follow those in the first batch. Any volunteers for the first rocket. Funnily enough, I think if the offer was made (and it was serious) there'd be no end of volunteers, almost regardless of the level of risk.


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