Musk was responding to a question on the likelihood he will personally go to Mars.
According to his vision, the chosen few who would actually venture to the Red Planet, will have to immediately get busy and work non-stop to build the first-ever Mars base. "We think you can come back but we're not sure", the SpaceX co-founder told the US TV programme Axios.
"I'm talking about moving there", said a thrilled Musk, as he spoke about his ambition. In 2023, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and six to eight artists are tentatively scheduled to fly to the moon on a week-long trip.
Both Musk fans and haters were on Twitter again following the release of the interviews, where he also talked about his vision for merging artificial intelligence and humans, and how Tesla almost went bust.
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The group managed to bypass a security cordon and scrambled to try and dismantle the fence and illegally enter the United States. Officials said the tactics could save lives. "So some people got rocks and threw them because many kids were fainting", he said.
There will, he said, be "not much time for leisure".
Still, Musk shrugged off the idea that a cosmic cruise would be "an escape hatch for rich people".
Contrary to the thoughts of experts including Bill Nye the Science Guy, the South African-born businessman said he thought such a flight could be possible seven years from now, with tickets costing "around a couple hundred thousand dollars".
"And even after doing all this, it's a very harsh environment", he said.
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Yet, the masterminds behind the 26/11 attacks, including Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, continue to roam freely in Pakistan. Nine of the attackers were killed by police, while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was captured and hanged after a trial in India.
None of that seems to scare the 21st most powerful person in the world and 54th richest person on the globe.
Asked why he would even consider it giving the slim chance of survival, he added: "There's lots of people who climb mountains".
"The company was bleeding money like insane, and if we didn't solve these problems in a very short period of time, we would die", Musk told the news service Axios in an interview aired Sunday on HBO. "They still like doing it for the challenge".
The full interview, part of the fourth and final episode in the documentary series, is available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners' streaming platforms.
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But social media has savaged one element in particular - the dozens of blood-red Christmas trees which line a White House hallway. Melania announced this year's holiday theme is "American Treasures" and is created to recognize the country's "unique heritage".