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Elon Musk's Mars Mission Revealed

The massive, re-usable rocket—based on existing SpaceX technology—could begin delivering humans to Mars in as little as 40 years and, if he can convince enough people to sign up, the cost would be as little as $200,000 per person.

Prior to his presentation, this video showing the system was released to the public.

Attendees at the conference lined up hours early to get seats for the announcement. And there was a bit of a stampede to get the best seats once the doors finally opened.

Meanwhile, SpaceX’s competitors were using Twitter to respond to the hype.

Attendees at the conference lined up hours early to get seats for the announcement. And there was a bit of a stampede to get the best seats once the doors finally opened.

Meanwhile, SpaceX’s competitors were using Twitter to respond to the hype.


After a half-hour launch delay, Musk took to the stage. “What I really want to try to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible,” he said. “Make it seem as though it’s something that we can do in our lifetimes, and that you can go.”

But first, a question: “why go anywhere?” he asked.

“History is going to bifurcate along two directions,” Musk continued. “One path is we stay on earth forever, and then there will be some eventual extinction event,” he said, though admitting he doesn’t have any kind of doomsday scenario in mind.

“The alternative is to become a space-faring civilization and a multi-planet species,” said Musk. “Which I hope you’ll agree is the right way to go.”

With that, he began a detailed explanation of the mission, and how SpaceX would get it done.

Why Mars? Musk explained that early Mars is a lot like Earth. Certainly more so than Venus or even the moons of Jupiter. That’s why it’s the most appealing destination for interplanetary settlements.

One challenge, however, is that getting to Mars is incredibly expensive. You can’t create a self-sustaining civilization if the cost is too high, Musk said. He thinks the price of going to Mars needs to come down to $200,000 to make it accessible to the average person (not that the average person would want to go right away, he admits).

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First appeared on Fast Company. Click here to read the full article.



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