Elon Musk Warns First Travelers to Mars: 'Good Chance You'll Die'

Galtero Lara
Marcha 14, 2018

"It's hard, dangerous, [there's a] good chance you will die, excitement for those who survive, that kind of thing", Musk told the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, of his timeline for launching a Mars-bound space vehicle.

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

However, Musk admitted that "historically people have told me my timelines have been optimistic". He did warn, however, that the first travelers to Mars would likely perish.

Musk predicted that, if SpaceX achieves its goal of laying the groundwork for a future human colony on Mars, it will prompt a wave of other private enterprises entering the space race.

With the colonization of a new planet, Musk also predicts an "explosion of entrepreneurial opportunities", and that life on our neighboring planet would start by building the fundamentals, like a power plant, glass domes for farming and, of course, pizza joints.

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"For the early people that go to Mars, it will be far more unsafe", Musk told HLN on Monday.

The entrepreneur said it was only by luck that SpaceX and his electric auto venture Tesla were still in business, the BBC reported. The new SpaceX Falcon heavy rocket has also suffered delays before its maiden flight on February 6 this year, which, in a cosmic gimmick, launched a Tesla Roadster convertible vehicle towards Mars.

His comments about Mars came on heels of a successful launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket last month.

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