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SpaceX’s Elon Musk Muses Moving To Mars Despite ‘Good Chance Of Death’
By Yoon Sann Wong, 26 Nov 2018
Images via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com and Shutterstock
Could Elon Musk be en route to Mars seven years from now? The SpaceX CEO certainly thinks so.
In an interview with Axios on HBO, aired prior to NASA’s ‘Insight’ spacecraft touching down on the Red Planet, Musk revealed that he was contemplating making the journey to the planetoid. He had given himself a 70 percent chance of riding aboard one of SpaceX’s rockets to the celestial body.
The entrepreneur hinted that the relocation could be permanent with the words, “We think you can come back but we’re not sure.”
SpaceX is currently developing its ‘BFR’ spacecraft—recently renamed to ‘Starship’—that could transport space tourists to the moon, Mars, and other planets.
Musk highlighted the dangers of the journey, such as the higher casualty rate on Mars than on Earth. “It’s gonna be hard. There’s a good chance of death,” he said.
Even with a successful Mars landing, Musk foresees busying himself with building a base there, leaving him with little to no time for leisure. Even if all these plans succeed, the environment will be harsh, so “there’s a good chance you will die there.”
In homage to Sir Ernest Shackleton’s mission to the South Pole, Musk mused putting up an ad for the Mars trip, similar to the explorer’s supposed publicity of the 1914 expedition printed in the Times of London.
The ad reads, “Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honour and recognition in case of success.” While some historians have casted doubt over the ad’s authenticity, it has gained the support of the Shackleton Foundation.
[via The Guardian, main images via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com and Shutterstock]
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