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Humans will land on Mars within 5 years, Elon Musk predicts

December 21, 2021 | Comment icon 6 comments

Is this really going to be possible in just five years ? Image Credit: Twitter / Elon Musk
The SpaceX CEO and entrepreneur is certainly no stranger to making overly ambitious predictions.
It's no secret that Musk has big plans for Mars; through SpaceX, he intends to not only land humans on the Red Planet, but also to build an entire self-sustaining colony there.

While this might sound like the stuff of the far future, Musk intends to achieve this within our lifetimes.

"I'll be surprised if we're not landing on Mars within five years," he told Time.

"The next really big thing is to build a self-sustaining city on Mars and bring the animals and creatures of Earth there. Sort of like a futuristic Noah's ark."
"We'll bring more than two, though - it's a little weird if there's only two."

To say that Musk's predictions are a little ambitious would be an understatement - earlier this year, space policy expert Prof Greg Autry predicted that Musk wouldn't reach Mars at all until 2029 at the absolute earliest - and that in itself is quite optimistic.

NASA, meanwhile, doesn't expect to put humans on the Moon until at least 2025 ( and this is with the help of SpaceX which has been awarded the contract to build the lunar lander. )

There is certainly no doubt that Musk intends to get humans to Mars as soon as possible, however when it comes to the practicality, five years just isn't going to be enough time.

Source: CNBC | Comments (6)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by esoteric_toad 1 month ago
No, no they will not. This sort of prediction never happens. Just an observation made after being on the planet for over 50 years.
Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 month ago
Nostradamus predicted that people would land on Mars first when Crystal Palace winner Premier League.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Ell 1 month ago
Humans cannot land on Mars: that planet has the corona Mars variant, which has unknown consequences for human health. So there!
Comment icon #4 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 1 month ago
It is well known now that his words are only to boost his pocket.
Comment icon #5 Posted by L.A.T.1961 1 month ago
Notice he didn't say Americans, his motive is reminding people that money has to be spent to be first and deny the Chinese bragging rights. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Timothy 1 month ago

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