ELON MUSK, founder and CEO of SpaceX clarified that the mission to Mars is not as people think, said that a “bunch of people will probably die at the beginning.”
Musk’s plan to send people to Mars by 2026 was thought of as an “escape hatch for rich people,” he said in a discussion with the founder of the X Prize Foundation Peter Diamandis.
“It[the space mission to Mars] is dangerous, uncomfortable, and probably won’t have good food, it’s a long journey, you might not come back alive,” he said in the conversion that was streamed by X Prize.
“But it is a glorious adventure and it will be an amazing experience,” he added.
The mission is open for volunteers only because “it’s tough landing over there [Mars].”
SpaceX launched 113 rockets of the workhorse Falcon 9 to date with 73 successful landings, according to the company’s website.
The company says that Falcon 9 rockets are designed to safely transport people and payloads into earth orbit and beyond, but some of the rockets failed to land safely and in some cases exploded.
One rocket exploded over Texas in March, according to the New York Post, while another rocket burst into pieces into the Atlantic ocean in 2015 before reaching the space station.
In 2015, Musk said in a Tweet that the “odds of a rocket landing successfully today are still less than 50%.” He clarified at the time that this figure would increase to 80% with more launches ahead.
Last year, Musk revealed plans to send as many as one million people to live on Mars by 2050 by building 100 starships— that would transport people — per year over a period of 10 years.
On Saturday, the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked with International Space Station, arriving nearly a day after it lifted off from Florida.
This is the first human spaceflight mission to send astronauts on flight-proven Falcon 9 and Drago, according to the company.
“Their arrival means there are now 11 humans aboard our orbiting laboratory, a number not seen since the space shuttle era. Hugs abound,” NASA said in a Tweet on Saturday.
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