Indo-Asian News ServiceNovember 26, 2018 5:02 PM IST
CEO of SpaceX Elon musk it has said there is “a 70 percent chance it will go to Mars,” despite a “good chance” that it will not survive on its way or after landing, media reported.
“We’ve made a number of breakthroughs recently that I’m really excited about,” Musk said in an interview with Axios on HBO on Sunday, CNET reported.
“I’m talking about moving there,” Musk said excitedly, as he spoke about his ambition.
He, however, agreed that the stakes were high.
“Your chance of dying on Mars is much higher than on Earth,” Musk said, adding that “there is a good chance of death.”
Even if you make it to Mars, you may end up dying in its harsh conditions, but Musk is still sure he wants to go.
“There are a lot of people climbing mountains. People die on Mount Everest all the time,” Musk said. “They still like to do it for the challenge.”
However, the founder of SpaceX warned that those who want to go to the Red Planet should start saving because a trip to Mars will cost “about a couple hundred thousand dollars.”
Musk’s spacecraft designed for interplanetary travel ‘Starship’ (formerly known as BFR) is a completely reusable vehicle designed to bring humans and supplies to Mars and also to dramatically reduce travel time within Earth.
This two-stage vehicle, comprised of a Booster and a Ship, is designed to eventually replace the company’s Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon spacecraft.
It is designed to meet all the needs of Earth orbit, as well as the Moon and Mars.
The starship is also set to take a private passenger, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, to the Moon and is scheduled to begin in 2023.
Maezawa, 42, is the founder and CEO of Zozo, Japan’s largest online fashion retailer.