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Elon Musk: SpaceX will send people to Mars by 2025

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Some people have their head in the clouds; Elon Musk is above and beyond that.

The founder of SpaceX – and Tesla, for that matter – says the company will put people on Mars by 2025.

According to Elon Musk, the mission for mankind to reach Mars is of the utmost importance.

That’s a lofty goal, considering NASA’s current estimates put the first human on Mars by around 2030.

Musk was asked whether 2025 was too short a time frame, to which he replied that nine years “seems like a long time to me”.

He added: “I’m hoping to describe that architecture later this year at IAC…and I think that will be quite exciting.”

Elon MuskElon Musk, founder of PayPal, who currently leads SpaceX and Tesla

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The technologist revealed his ambitions at the StartmeupHK Festival in Hong Kong this week, where he also confirmed he would personally visit space within the next five years.

To prepare for the trip, Musk told festival-goers that he had already undertaken parabolic flights, saying: “I don’t think it’s that hard, honestly. It’s not that hard to float around.”

Musk has been very open about his ambitions in the space sector, and hopes to eventually colonise Mars and establish a city there.

Do you think Musk’s dreams will come true? Let us know in the comments.

Curtis Quick

January 30, 2016, 2:04 pm

It might take a bit longer than just nine years to land people on Mars, but I have no doubt the SpaceX is the one to do it first. And even though it might be an ambitious schedule,I would not bet against Elon Musk!

Peter

January 30, 2016, 5:31 pm

Would be wonderful if he could make it happen but alas I feel it will more likely be 2050 or later before we land there. We could put a manned spacecraft into orbit around Mars a lot sooner of course but the real challenge will be getting all the kit required to support a manned landing to the surface of Mars itself and we are a long long way off having that capability. But nevertheless its good that there are people like him around to keep the dream alive.

RelayerM31

January 31, 2016, 12:35 pm

Drop supplies there first. Do that for a few missions so that the astronauts that land there will already have much of what they need for the (oh let's say) month that they're on Mars. All the food/water/shelter they need could be sent ahead of time. No need to bring EVERYTHING with you in one big ark.

Borkr

February 1, 2016, 4:46 am

That picture isn't Mars. It's a little closer to home and we've already set foot there.

It's actually a shot of our moon as recently totally eclipsed (by Earth), hence why it appears red like Mars.

I hope you didn't get the picture from Mr Musk...

EDIT... Well, that's a bit better. Correct celestial object in its proper place.

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