SpaceX CEO and founder, Elon Musk while speaking to CNBC about how the future of mankind is tied to get off this planet is that he shall transport human on mars within 10 to 12 years. This goes along his previous comments about establishing a Mars colony in the 2020s. Apparently, NASA lately declared that it would try to put a human on Mars in 2035, if the economic and financial conditions are favorable beforehand. Not-for-profit MarsOne also has plans of building a Martian colony, aiming to do so by 2025. Musk professed about SpaceX going public on the stock market, much necessarily to procure funds and establish a colony on Mars!
Over a decade, Musk has been advocating the set up of Human colony on Mars. Sometime in 2012, he said that he’d figured out a way of sending an “average person” on a round-trip to Mars for $500,000. Seemingly, that statement is now considered as overstatement but his new estimate of humans on mars in 10 to 12 years before 2026 still has an optimistic approach. SpaceX would probably use a variant of the recently announced manned Dragon spaceship and the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle with two huge booster rockets stuck onto it; to get there. NASAs Mars mission involves the Orion spacecraft, which is almost ready for testing and a new Space Launch system.
Musk also covered some other interesting topics in the CNBC interview. When asked about SpaceX going public, he said “We need to get where things a steady and predictable. Maybe [when] we’re close to developing the Mars vehicle, or ideally we’ve flown it a few times, then I think going public would make more sense.” He also spoke about SpaceX vying for government contracts, and how the Dragon V2 will be competing against other big players, most notably Boeing for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to take astronauts to the ISS. “It’s possible that we may not win the commercial crew contract… but we’ll do our best to continue on our own, with our own money.”
Getting human to Mars is not literally difficult. Of Course, the journey is quite long, almost about 200 days and there’s a risk of radiation exposure; but these problems are overlooked in front of landing on Mars, surviving on Mars, and then getting back to Earth. NASA in this area is a bit more experienced than SpaceX since it has landed and taken off from the Moon. SpaceX hasn’t yet landed on moon but publicly shared plans about how it would go about landing. The upcoming manned Dragon capsule will ferry astronauts to the ISS, but it isn’t equipped for a lunar landing or takeoff. It may be Musk’s namesake destiny to lead humanity to Mars.