In a recent interview for HBO documentary series, billionaire Elon Musk revealed there was a “70 percent” chance he’ll go to Mars on one of his spacecraft – despite there being “a good chance of death”.
“I know exactly what to do,” the SpaceX founder said in the interview, adding: “I’m talking about moving there.”
On being asked whether a Mars colony would simply be “an escape hatch for the rich,” the entrepreneur rejected the idea and said that an ad for going to Mars would be “like Shackleton’s ad for going to the Antarctic,” which (though likely not real) made clear how dangerous and the South Pole journey was. Even if you make it to Mars, you’ll spend all your time building the base and struggling to survive harsh conditions, Musk added.
Space and tech enthusiast Musk is the head of one of several private projects seeing to develop a way to reach Mars.
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