Elon Musk plans to send humans to Mars at their own risk
At the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, Space X founder and CEO Elon Musk announced his company’s plan to build rocket booster and spacecraft that would transport human to Mars. He spoke about the plan stating the rocket and capsule will carry about 100 passengers along with their cargo to the red planet at an estimated cost of $10 billion a seat. Musk acknowledged the mammoth price tag, and laid out four alternative plans to minimize the cost, but was quick to hint on overall interest of thousands of people to live on Mars and informed that the company is planning on ways to minimize this cost to about $200,000.
First SpaceX’s unmanned mission to colonize Mars in 2018 is scheduled to be supported by NASA. It is slated to be carried out in a capsule called the Red Dragon. According to Musk, first manned mission should take off as early as 2024. SpaceX visions to send flights to Mars every 26 months when Mars and Earth are in perfect flight alignment.
According to Reuters, Musk warned all billionaires preparing to book their slots to fly to Mars; he said,
The risk of fatality will be high. There’s no way around it. Basically, are you prepared to die, and if that’s OK then you’re a candidate for going.
Considering the fact Mars is some 140 million miles (225 million km) away from the Earth, the idea of landing the first humans there seems like a miracle. We would be interested in knowing more details on how Musk will overcome the technical challenges, how people will live on Mars and how he will make entire journey affordable to realize his dream of seeing large colony of humans living on Mars.