Musk considers move to Mars despite ‘good chance of death’

Elon Musk Presents SpaceX Plans To Colonise Mars

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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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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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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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