Elon Musk was deep in conversation with the founder of the X Prize Foundation, when they talked about Elon Musk’s dream for humans to set foot on the Red Planet by 2026. NASA’s projection was 2033.
Elon Musk added to his statement saying, “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.”
And then, he lowered the boom, “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.”
He went on … “Humanity is the agent of life and we have an obligation to ensure the creatures of Earth continue even if there is a calamity on Earth, whether it is man-made or a natural calamity – if you look at the fossil record there are many mass extinctions. It is about ensuring we pass that threshold where it is self-sustaining if some calamity prevents the ships from going there.”
Elon Musk, who was barefoot during the interview, ominously asked, “What comes first – a self-sustaining city on Mars or World War Three?”
Elon Musk, who’s going to host “Saturday Night Live” in a few weeks, wants to establish a self-sustaining civilization on Mars.