SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has told Axios that there is 70% chance that he’ll go to Mars by one of SpaceX rockets.
‘Your probability of dying on Mars is much higher earth. Really the ad for going to Mars would be like Shackleton’s ad for going to the Antarctic. It’s gonna be hard. There’s a good chance of death, going in a little can through deep space,’ he told.
He added that the first colonizers of Mars will not have much time for leisure — they will be “working nonstop to build the base”.
As a reminder, this month, NASA launched a safety probe into SpaceX and Boeing, the companies under contract to fly NASA’s astronauts, because Elon Musk smoked pot and sipped whiskey on a podcast streamed on the Internet. ‘We need to show the American public that when we put an astronaut on a rocket, they’ll be safe,’ William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration, said.