Elon Musk has warned that the first people who go to Mars “might die.”
Speaking to Peter Diamandis on April 22, Musk shut down the claims that going to Mars would be an “escape hatch” for the rich. He emphasized the danger and difficulties the first Mars explorers will experience.
“You might die, it’s going to be uncomfortable and probably won’t have good food,” he said.
“Honestly, a bunch of people will probably die in the beginning,” he emphasized.
Musk also said that it would be an “arduous and dangerous journey where you may not come back alive.”
The billionaire founder and CEO of Tesla and Space X boss admitted that it’s “not for everyone,” but it will be a “glorious adventure” and an “amazing experience.”
This isn’t the first time Musk has warned about the mission to Mars.
At a virtual “Humans to Mars” conference in September of last year, Musk said that getting to Mars isn’t even the hard part. Rather, setting the planet up to support human life is where problems will arise.
“Getting to Mars, I think, is not the fundamental issue,” he said. “The fundamental issue is building a base, building a city on Mars that is self-sustaining. We’re going to build a propellant plant, an initial Mars base – Mars Base Alpha – and then get it to the point where it’s self-sustaining.”
“I want to emphasize that this is a very hard and dangerous, difficult thing, not for the faint of heart. Good chance you’ll die, it’s going to be tough going, but it will be pretty glorious if it works out,” he added.
Musk believes that we will have humans on Mars by 2026. He wants one million humans living on Mars by 2050.
Back in December, he said, “I feel fairly confident about six years from now. The Earth-Mars synchronisation occurs roughly every 26 months, so we had one this year, in the summer. That means in roughly two years there’ll be another one, and then two years after that.”
“So I think six years from now, highly confident, if we get lucky, maybe four years. And then we want to try to send an un-crewed vehicle there in two years,” Musk added.