Elon Musk and his company, SpaceX, want to put a man on Mars by 2026. Musk made the comments when speaking to CNBC recently.
“I’m hopeful that the first people can be taken to Mars in 10-12 years,” Musk said on CNBC this week. “I think it’s certainly possible for that to occur.”
Musk is aiming higher than just a Mars landing though. He believes it’s more important to have “a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make life multi-planetary.”
Musk’s vision of getting a man on Mars is a lot more optimistic than NASA’s. NASA has set a target date of 2035 for putting a human on Mars. But, that’s only if it can secure the funding for several milestone missions before hand. Yeah, good luck with that. NASA never gets the funding it needs.
What kind of obstacles will Elon Musk and SpaceX face getting to Mars? Well, the trip itself isn’t too difficult. It’s the whole landing safely part that needs to be worked out. Something SpaceX has no expertise in. NASA does, but we haven’t landed back on the moon in decades.
It’s likely SpaceX would want to successfully land on the moon before attempting a Mars landing.
Musk also talked about some other things pertaining to SpaceX in his sit-down chat with CNBC. Here’s Musk’s comment on SpaceX going public.
“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.”
Some might consider Musk a dreamer, but he has shown he can turn his dreams into reality.