Elon Musk has admitted that ‘a bunch of people will probably die’ while travelling to Mars.
In an interview with Peter Diamandis, founder of the Prize X Foundation, Musk discussed his dream of setting foot on the Red Planet by 2026.
He said: “Going to Mars reads like that advert for Shackleton going to the Antarctic. You know it is dangerous. It’s uncomfortable, and it’s a long journey.
“You might not come back alive, but it is a glorious adventure and it will be an amazing experience. Yeah honestly, a bunch of people will probably die in the beginning.”
The 49-year-old then added that it’s ‘not for everyone,’ joking: “Volunteers only!”
Although the founder of SpaceX may just be being realistic, many viewers were surprised by his honesty.
One commented: “Omg. I love your sense of humour whilst being honest… ‘you might die’. Thank you for being more conscious of real topics.”
Another added: “I admire your honesty. Others would just keep quiet and wait for disaster to happen.”
“I’ll take that bluntness any day of the week over sugar-coated half-truths,” a third wrote.
In the chat, which took place on Earth Day, Musk and Diamandis also shared their thoughts on how the world could end.
Then, there was a focus on cutting down carbon emissions, as Musk’s rockets have incredibly high carbon footprints.
Over the past decade, the CEO’s SpaceX has launched over 100 rockets. Many have ended up exploding or even crashing.
However, Musk believes that humans will be landing on Mars by 2026 and that one day there could even be a city on the planet, holding one million people.
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