Elon Musk has invested a lot of time and money into the fanciful prospect that people will want to hang out and smoke big biftas with him on Mars.
SpaceX has long planned to put astronauts on the Red Planet by 2024, and now Musk has even estimated what upping sticks and actually moving to Mars could cost civilians in the future.
In a Twitter exchange, space podcast SPEXcast asked the entrepreneur: “What are the estimated costs for tickets to Moon/Mars accounting for reusability?”
Mr Musk answered: “Very dependant on volume, but I’m confident moving to Mars (return ticket is free) will one day cost less than $500k and maybe even below $100k.
“Low enough that most people in advance economies could sell their home and move to Mars if they want.”
Very dependent on volume, but I’m confident moving to Mars (return ticket is free) will one day cost less than $500k & maybe even below $100k. Low enough that most people in advanced economies could sell their home on Earth & move to Mars if they want.- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 11, 2019
Does that include furniture or do you have to hire another Super Heavy Rocket? It’s a nightmare enough as it is. The free return-trip is a good deal, though, just in case the infinite and unknowable universe doesn’t quite measure up to your expectations.
SpaceX will hope to drum up investment with a number of round trips beyond the orbit of the Moon and back to Earth. The first lunar passenger is Japanese art curator Yusaku Maezawa, who will fly in 2023.
Elon Musk said: “ You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great - and that's what being a spacefaring civilisation is all about.
“It's about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past.
“And I can't think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.”
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