During an interview with podcaster Lex Fridman, Elon Musk answered a question about when does he think SpaceX will land humans on Mars. After seconds of thinking, he said “Best case is about five years, worst case 10 years.”
But this mission is not going to be easy as SpaceX founder said. “The biggest hindrance continues to be the sheer cost of a six-month journey to Mars. Also, establishing a permanent outpost on the planet.”
According to SpaceX’s website, the Starship is “designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond.” And it will be “the world’s most powerful launch vehicle ever developed. It will have the ability to carry in excess of 100 metric tonnes to Earth orbit.”
Currently, SpaceX is preparing for its mission to the moon in 2023. Which is going to be the first private lunar mission.
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It’s not the first time that the billionaire mentioned a timeline for landing on the red planet. On Clubhouse, Musk said that it will take “five and a half years” before a SpaceX’s Starship rocket could land on Mars. The second time in March through a tweet, Musk said that his company would land its rockets on Mars before 2030.
The big plan for Musk is to build 1,000 interstellar spacecraft rockets. To achieve that, SpaceX should launch three each day and send million people to Mars.