“To be honest, a bunch of people are likely to die at first,” barefoot. Spacex founder Elon Musk said XPrize founder Peter Diamandis in a recent interview about the first manned flights to Mars.
SpaceX has been targeting Mars since Musk founded the company in 2002. And over the years, Musk, who had become a tech billionaire before the launch of SpaceX, has been very outspoken about the risks associated with human spaceflight territory to the Red Planet. … In fact, in 2017, Musk said at the International Astronautical Congress that the first humans to go to Mars must be “ready to die.”
“Traveling to Mars reads like that promotional book for [explorer Ernest] Shackleton is going to Antarctica, “Musk told Diamandis in an interview that broadcast live over an hour and 19 minutes on YouTube on Thursday (April 22), citing early 20th century British explorer Ernest Shackleton, whose ad to the research team read “People Wanted for Perilous Travel.”
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“It’s dangerous, it’s inconvenient, it’s a long journey. You may not come back alive. But this is a great adventure and it will be an amazing experience, ”he said. “You can die … and you probably won’t have good food and everything. It is a difficult and dangerous journey that you may not return alive, but it is a great adventure, ”Musk said.
“Sounds tempting,” Musk laughed.
While Musk has said similar things before, the context of those statements has changed a lot. Compared to 2017, SpaceX has made great strides in manned space travel. The meaning of these claims continues to evolve as Mars becomes less and less a “lunar” target and more and more a real possibility.
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SpaceX’s human spaceflight development continues to evolve. On April 23, SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission launched four more astronauts to the International Space Station aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft. This is SpaceX’s third successful crewed launch, and experts believe missions like these are paving the way for future human space exploration.
Moreover, the company now has a space flight contract with NASA to get people out of Earth orbit, beyond its Starship A vehicle that continues to be tested at SpaceX facilities near the village of Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX recently contracted NASA’s Human Landing Systems (HLS) program to design and build a lunar lander for the agency. Artemis program, whose goal is to land people on the moon by 2024.
Back in DecemberMusk has publicly stated that SpaceX could land humans on Mars by 2026. This is just two years after NASA’s goal of landing Artemis astronauts on the moon by 2024, which is a very ambitious schedule in itself.
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