Elon Musk: ‘I’ll be surprised  if we’re not landing on Mars within five years’

 

By CNBC

Elon Musk says he has a new timeline for his big Mars project – and it’s sooner than you might think.  “I’ll be surprised if we’re not landing on Mars within five years,’ Musk told Time Magazine about SpaceX taking humankind to Mars in a story published this week.

Musk, the 50-year-old SpaceX founder and CEO who was named Time’s Person of the Year, has big plans for the Red Planet: namely, a self-sustaining city with solar-powered hydroponic farms where humans can permanently live, 34 million miles away from Earth.

“The next  really big thing is to build a self-sustaining city on Mars and bring the animals and creatures of Earth there”, Musk told Time. “Sort of like a futuristic Noah’s ark, We’ll bring more than two, though it’s a little weird if there’s only two’.

Earlier this year space policy expert and Arizona State University professor Greg Autry told Business Insider that Musk likely won’t reach Mars until at least 2019, with or without NASA’s help.

 

 

Other space experts say Mars can’t sustain long term human settlement at all. Musk himself told nonprofit XPrize in April that some astronauts will “probably die” en route to Mars.

Musk currently the world’s wealthiest person, with net worth $247 billion, according to Forbes also has a track record of setting unrealistic timelines for moonshot tech advances.

In 2016, Musk tweeted that Tesla’s fully self-driving cars would be available within roughly two years. In 2019, he promised 1 million Tesla “Robotaxis” by 2020.  The Boring Company which Musk founded in 2017 to build high-speed commuter tunnels in major cities, appears to have abandoned a project in Chicago and postponed another near Washington D.C. and Baltimore. “Punctuality is not my strong suit,’ Musk admitted during an earnings call last year.  SpaceX, recently valued at $100 billion, is a major player in today’s space race.

 

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