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SpaceX Mars ship to begin testing 'next year'

Posted on Monday, 12 March, 2018 | Comment icon 10 comments

An artist's impression of what a future city on Mars might look like. Image Credit: SpaceX
Elon Musk has stressed the importance of sending humans to Mars before the next 'probable' World War.
Speaking during an on-stage appearance at the South by South West (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, the SpaceX CEO offered an optimistic timetable for the testing of his new Mars ship.

"I think we'll be able to do short flights, up and down flights, some time in the first half of next year," he said, however added that "sometimes my timelines are a little... y'know."

"In the short-term," he added, "Mars is really about getting the spaceship built," with the goal of proving to other companies and countries that it can be done.

"They currently don't think it's possible, so if we show them that it is, they'll up their game and build interplanetary transport vehicles, as well," he said.

"A tremendous amount of entrepreneurial resources (will be) needed. because you have to build out the entire base of industry, everything that allows human civilization to exist."

"For the early people that go to Mars, it will be far more dangerous. It kind of reads like (Ernest) Shackleton's ad for Antarctic explorers: Difficult, dangerous, good chance you'll die."

"Excitement for those who survive."

For Musk however, colonizing Mars is about more than just proving that it can be done - it's about ensuring the survival of the human race far in to the future.

"I think it's unlikely that we'll never have a world war again," he said.

"This has been our pattern in the past."

Source: USA Today | Comments (10)

Tags: Elon Musk, SpaceX, Mars

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Astra. on 12 March, 2018, 13:44
There seems to be no stopping him. I certainly admire his optimism and innovation.
Comment icon #2 Posted by seanjo on 12 March, 2018, 15:31
Optimism?....he's predicting a third world war!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Astra. on 12 March, 2018, 16:14
Oh please, I was speaking in general about his optimism and innovation concerning sending people to Mars. Did you not see his recent accomplishment of sending his Roadster into space on the Falcon Heavy.....when many people first laughed at the idea? I really didn't take too much notice of the 'probable third world war' stuff. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Merc14 on 12 March, 2018, 16:42
There is little doubt that the earth will be hit by a massive asteroid sometime in its future so if we don't have human colonies established off this world we will likely go extinct.
Comment icon #5 Posted by seanjo on 12 March, 2018, 22:34
No we won't unless it's a planet killer.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Merc14 on 12 March, 2018, 23:49
Yeah, maybe you'll be one of the 1000 left.  Regardless of your argument, much greater minds than yours have said extinction is likely if we don't get off this planet and so, basically, you'd be willing to risk the extinction of mankind for the sake of some microbes that will never evolve past the microbial level due to the environment they exist in.  Your view, to  say the least, is a radical to the point of irrationality.  Yikes!  Thankfully most people in the world have not been taught to despise and detest humanity such as yourself.  Glad this is as close as I'd ever get to you. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by internetperson on 13 March, 2018, 3:58
There's actually a statistic for this but I can't remember where I heard it...too many podcasts. I think it was Neil Tyson talking about it and we have a ways to go but you're right it's basically a garuntee. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by seanjo on 13 March, 2018, 10:04
Extinction is inevitable if we don't get off this planet and spread out from the Solar system, but that doesn't give us the right to interfere in other world life. Your conclusions about me are wrong I am not a Humanity hater I am a life lover, Humanity will be capable of turning dead planets into live planets if we put our minds to it and don't be lazy. Greater minds are thinking about this, that is what started this conversation off, the fact greater minds are considering the welfare of other life, I find that encouraging, obviously you'll be up there in your space suit stamping on every bug... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Merc14 on 13 March, 2018, 14:12
Could be a thousand years from now but we need to start now IMHO.  First  step is a colony on a nearby planet with at least a small chance of being habitable. So terraforming a dead planet before trying to populate a planet like Mars?  You may think you aren't a humanity hater but your words speak differently.  Your beliefs are yours and I won't argue further with you re. this subject as your ideology is far left fringe and beyond rational conversation.  The last word is yours.
Comment icon #10 Posted by seanjo on 14 March, 2018, 10:51
You think you have a "God Given Right" to treat anything not Human the way you want?...My view is not left-wing fringe it is based on what has gone before and the mistakes we have made. The fact you think it's OK to ride rough-shod over other life scares me.

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