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Musk says he'll go to Mars even if it kills him


Posted on Monday, 26 November, 2018 | Comment icon 7 comments

Would you go to Mars even if the chances of returning were slim ? Image Credit: NASA / Pat Rawlings
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has stated that there is a '70 percent chance' that he will personally fly to Mars.
The 47-year-old entrepreneur remains adamant that, despite a 'high risk of death', he wouldn't hesitate if the opportunity for him to personally travel to Mars presented itself.

"Your probability of dying on Mars is much higher than earth," he told Axios' Mike Allen during a recent interview on HBO. "It's gonna be hard. There's a good chance of death."

"You might land successfully, and once you land successfully, you'll be working non-stop to build the base. So, you know, not much time for leisure. And even after doing all this, it's a very harsh environment. So... there's a good chance you die there."

Musk likened the prospect of traveling to Mars to that of climbing up Mt. Everest or to explorer Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated expedition across the Antarctic.

"There's lots of people who climb mountains," he said. "People die on Mount Everest all the time."

"They like doing it for the challenge."

Musk also remains optimistic about his company's timetable for sending humans to Mars, predicting that tickets to the Red Planet could become available for around $200,000 within as little as 7 years.

Whether he will be one of the first people to actually go there however remains to be seen.


Source: Business Insider | Comments (7)

Tags: Elon Musk, Mars

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye on 26 November, 2018, 12:53
All together now ... ~       ~ [00.03:36]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Piney on 26 November, 2018, 14:33
 Watching his freezed dried body floating around next to his Tesla would be a hoot. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Orphalesion on 26 November, 2018, 14:47
Well...then he can go? Not really sure what he intends to achieve by stating that? Also not really sure what people find so alluring about going to Mars...it's a dead, cold and barren world. Might as well move to Antarctica for the same experience.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Piney on 26 November, 2018, 15:06
And not deal with high levels of radiation. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by OverSword on 26 November, 2018, 16:11
It will.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 27 November, 2018, 15:33
Exploration. Pushing the boundaries.  Have you no sense of adventure nor an eye to the future of our species?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Orphalesion on 27 November, 2018, 22:08
Well I would, if Mars was a living world with plants and oceans and animals I'd be the first person to sign up for one way trip, even if it the planet would still be quite inhospitable as a whole when compared to Earth (lets say most of the planet would be like central Australia levels of inhospitable, with hardy forms of plant and animal life barely  hanging on, I'd still be game for that) But living the rest of my life in a cold and lifeless desert doesn't really tickle my interest...


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