We are now used to the thunderous declarations of Elon Musk and once again, the boss of Tesla and SpaceX did not disappoint us at the start of the year. He was the guest of Lex Fridman’s podcast which lasted more than two and a half hours and it was notably about space exploration.
Asked about the time it will take for humans to go to Mars, the billionaire had a long moment of hesitation of twenty seconds before answering: “ In the worst case ten years. We must be a multiplanetary species “. In the past, he had already explained this concept of colonization of the red planet which could eventually shelter up to a million people, according to him.
Going to Mars will cost several people their lives, says Elon Musk
Elon Musk took the opportunity to praise the merits of SpaceX’s Starship rocket. It should make it possible to send humans to Mars in complete safety. Note that how our colleagues from Futuristicit is not a question here of colonizing Mars but just of landing there.
For this, he mentioned in particular the reduction of costs and the reuse of parts which should allow the success of this mission. He specifies : “ In theory, Starship could cost a million or even two million dollars per launch. And put over 100 tons into orbit, which is crazy. »
This eight-year period is in any case a very optimistic hypothesis which is not shared by all observers. The boss of SpaceX had himself mentioned 2026 as the year when man could go to Mars.
In the past, Elon Musk has also distinguished himself by less positive statements about the exploration of this planet. Last April, he explained in particular with a disturbing smile: “ honestly, a group of people will probably die at the start”, although it will remain “a glorious adventure and it will be an incredible experience “.