The day before the scheduled landing of InSight spacecraft to Mars, the Axios website interviewed the billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk.
Mr. Musk told Axios on HBO that he considers moving to Mars and have a 70% chance of doing so. “I know exactly what to do,” he mentioned. “I’m talking about moving there.” He also directly said, “We think you can come back but we’re not sure.”
The Associated Press said that the NASA vehicle would utilize “a mechanical mole to tunnel 16ft deep to measure internal heat, and a seismometer to register quakes, meteorite strikes and anything else that might start the red planet shaking”.
Elon Musk is very outspoken about his ambition on traveling to Mars and even said that he would love to ride one of his SpaceX rockets to discover the red planet. Musk said that the flight could happen seven years from now with tickets that would cost “around a couple hundred thousand dollars.” This is contrary to the thoughts of some expert such as Bill Nye the Science Guy.
The founder billionaire had a tough year because of his unreliable actions that cause social media storms and increases fluctuations in the share costs of his companies. He also emphasized that it could be fatal for anyone to travel to Mars.
He mentioned, “Your probability of dying on Mars is much higher than on Earth,” and added: “It’s gonna be hard. There’s a good chance of death, going in a little can through deep space.” Moreover, when he succeed in landing on Mars, he anticipates working “nonstop to build the base.” Musk directly said that there would be “not much time for leisure. And even after doing all this, it’s a very harsh environment. So … there’s a good chance you die there. We think you can come back but we’re not sure. Now, does that sound like an escape hatch for rich people?”
Additionally, Musk thought that “the ad for going to Mars would be like Shackleton’s ad for going to the Antarctic.”
Enjoy this video that explains the project in greater detail: