Elon Musk doesn’t need much of an introduction. The CEO of SpaceX who is well known for his wild ideas and ambitions, recently announced at a startup festival in Hong Kong that they will send a spacecraft to Mars later this year and aims to send humans for colonizing on the plant by 2025.
According to Musk, it is imperative for humans to become a ‘multi-planet’ species for the sake of survival and setting up habitat in Mars seems to be the only viable option.
“It’s really a fundamental decision we need to make as a civilization. What kind of future do we want? Do we want one where we are forever confined to one planet until some eventual extinction event however far into the future that might occur, or do we want to be a multi-planet species and ultimately be out there among the stars, among many planets and many star systems?” he said.
He went on to explain, “Mars is the next natural step. In fact, it’s the only planet we have a shot at establishing a self-sustaining city on.”
The man behind SpaceX and Tesla expressed his interest to take a trip in space although he doesn’t have extensive astronomical training. “I don’t think it’s that hard, honestly. It’s not that hard to float around” he noted.
A testing video of Dragon 2, which is a pod meant to be attached to rockets such as the Falcon 9 to carry human crewmembers, was released last week by Space X. More about the spacecraft that Musk intends to send to Mars is expected to be revealed in September at the International Astronautical Conference in Guasalajara, Mexico.