Elon Musk recently sat down with the Washington Post to discuss SpaceX’s (who he happens to be the CEO of) plans to visit Mars in the near future. He said that in the year of 2018, the company will send the first unmanned rocket to the Red Planet to establish a cargo route which will become regular over time.
“Essentially what we’re saying is we’re establishing a cargo route to Mars. It’s a regular cargo route,” added Musk, “It’s going to happen every 26 months. Like a train leaving the station.”
It’s speculated that this cargo would be necessities for a full journey to Mars done by humans so they can explore the surface of the planet and stay there for periods of time. And like I said, over time these missions will become regular, with the second to hopefully launch in 2020. Musk stated that these missions are “hard, risky, dangerous, and difficult,” however will be worth it in the end assuming everything is executed as planned.
But as we’ve all pretty much guessed with these Mars missions, some people are probably gonna die in the process simply due to the fact that nothing like this has been successfully completed. And Musk acknowledges this in his interview, which he states is just a risk people are gonna have to take if we ever wanna get to the Red Planet.
It’s dangerous and probably people will die – and they’ll know that. And then they’ll pave the way, and ultimately it will be very safe to go to Mars, and it will be very comfortable. But that will be many years in the future.
I guess those posters aren’t looking too appealing now, are they?
Musk alongside the rest of SpaceX are remaking optimistic about the mission, stating that they hope there will be plenty of people who want to take this risk to hopefully one day colonize Mars and eventually categorize humans as dual-planet beings. But until then, we’re gonna have to find some gutsy people to take this on…