Elon Musk to first Mars travelers: 'Good chance you'll die'

Clara VasquezMar 13, 2018

"And it's going to be harder, a lot harder in a place like Mars or the moon". More than most people, Musk knows what his fellow innovators are working on.

Musk ended his appearance at SXSW by donning a black cowboy hat and singing "My Little Buttercup" with his brother, entrepreneur Kimbal Musk, who joined him on stage with a guitar.

"For the people who go to Mars, it'll be far more unsafe", Musk told the crowd.

"It kind of reads like Shackleton's ad for Antarctic explorers: hard, dangerous, a good chance you'll die, excitement for those who survive". "Excitement for those who survive".

"I think we'll be able to do short flights, up and down flights, some time in the first half of next year", Musk has said.

He also admitted that, as a hard-nosed business venture for people interested on return on investment, building rocket ships bound for Mars - or building electric cars, for that matter - would rank "pretty much at the bottom of the list". "This is a very big booster and ship", says Musk, CEO of SpaceX.

"I think it's unlikely that we'll never have a world war again", he said at the festival, according to the BBC. This means everyone will directly vote on every issue.

After successfully sending an electric vehicle into deep space, the SpaceX CEO is setting his sights on fulfilling his lifelong dream to colonize the Red Planet and sending Earth's citizens to Mars. But after this, he promised an "explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity, because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints to night clubs".

The company has previously said a second mission, scheduled for 2024, would have "primary objectives of building a propellant depot and preparing for future crew flights", created to eventually build a self-sustaining civilization on Mars.

Elon Musk, the billionaire businessman has said that his company SpaceX will be ready to fly its Mars rocket in 2019. SpaceX's Dragon is perhaps the closest, but the company has already made it clear that a Mars lander mission launched with a Falcon Heavy rocket (or some evolved version of it) would require an entirely new spacecraft.

Comments such as these are likely to only add to the good will that Musk has built up for SpaceX, both good and bad.

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