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Elon Musk says there is a 70% chance he will travel to Mars himself

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Recently interviewed by an American television channel, Elon Musk the founder of Space, has estimated there is a 70% chance that he will travel to Mars himself despite the risks.  He is also completely aware of the difficulties of coming back to Earth. 

Elon Musk who is 47 years old has never really hidden his desire to one day travel to Mars.  Nevertheless, recent studies on interplanetary travel might have changed his mind. Cosmic radiation is one of the main risks that is very harmful for the human body as well as the complicated conditions which will face future Mars explorers. But Musk does not seem fazed. Recently interviewed on Axios, broadcast on HBO in the United States, Musk has in fact stated a trip to Mars isn’t just a fantasy. He intends to go in person, estimating “there is a 70% chance” of himself touching the Martian soil one day.

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Elon Musk estimates there is a 70% chance that he’ll travel to Mars one day. Credits : Film Screenshot Alone on Mars.

« It is very likely that you’ll die there»

Nevertheless his feet are staying on Earth for just now.  Elon Musk is aware that travelling to Mars is not going to be a walk in the park saying, “It is going to be very difficultIt is very likely that you’ll die travelling in the small capsule across space.”  He continued, “You might land successfully, and once you land successfully, you’ll be working non-stop to build the base.”  He reminded the interviewer that there wouldn’t be a lot of time for leisure.  Plus after managing to get this far, “it’s a very harsh environment. So … there’s a good chance you die there”.

Nevertheless, Elon Musk believes that technology will have developed enough that there could be a flight to Mars in the next 7 years.  The price of the ticket is estimated to be “some hundred thousand dollars“.

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Artist impression of the BFR shuttle on the surface of Mars. Source: SpaceX

An ambitious calendar

Elon Musk recently renamed the BFr rocket, Starship.  It is clearly this rocket which is the most powerful in the world which will take the first humans to Mars.  The first prototype should be launched some point in 2019 before the first official rocket launch without a team on board in 2020.  SpaceX envisages sending the first materials to Mars in 2022 so that they are prepared for the arrival of the first explorers.  The first voyage to the Red Planet could be tried at some point around 2025, according to Elon Musk’s plans.

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