Elon Musk: trips to Mars will be “glorious”, but many people will die

Elon Musk: trips to Mars will be "glorious", but many people will die
SpaceX Co-Founder Elon Musk. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The founder of ‘SpaceX’ and CEO of Tesla has predicted that there will be deceased people when the first human missions take place on Mars.

SpaceX co-founder Elon Musk remarked that “probably a group of people will die” during the aerospace manufacturing company’s initial trips to Mars. However, he insisted that it will be a “glorious adventure and an incredible experience.” 

You know it is dangerous, uncomfortable and it is a long journey. You may not come back alive, but it is a glorious adventure and it will be an incredible experience,” Musk anticipated.

In an interview with Peter Diamandis, CEO of the X Prize Foundation, he stated once again that “honestly, a group of people will probably die at first. It is difficult to go there.”

SpaceX and Pay-Pal co-founder Elon Musk.
SpaceX and Pay-Pal co-founder Elon Musk.

Musk has repeatedly mentioned that he hopes to get humans to Mars by 2026. NASA, meanwhile, has the expectation that just happen in 2033 under the program Artemis.

Likewise, the aerospace entrepreneur indicated that 2026 is not the deadline for carrying out this project either, since “the technical obstacles that may arise must be taken into account.”

In order to be carried out, the ship named “Starship” must be completely reusable, a condition imposed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as well as be ready for the long six-month journey.

The Starship spacecraft, developed by SpaceX, would transport humans to Mars in 2026.
The Starship spacecraft, developed by SpaceX, would transport humans to Mars in 2026.

After a series of successful test flights, it could be sent unmanned to Mars and return sometime in 2024, before having personnel onboard and heading once again to the red planet.

Also, the co-founder of SpaceX specified in the  Good Times Show program that another of his most important objectives is to establish a self-sufficient Martian civilization. 

“For the first time in the four and a half billion years of Earth’s history, it has been possible to extend life beyond Earth and make life multi-planetary,” he said.

Images of the red planet, captured by the Ingenuity helicopter developed by NASA.
Images of the red planet, captured by the Ingenuity helicopter developed by NASA.

In the same vein, he stressed: ‘Humanity is the agent of life and we have an obligation to ensure that the creatures of the Earth continue even if there is a calamity, whether caused by man or a natural calamity.

He concluded by highlighting that a power plant, solar energy, and food production are all “building blocks of industry” necessary to make Mars self-sufficient.