Lot’s of people will die on the early trips to Mars-Elon Musk

Elon Musk who hopes that SpaceX can begin taking humans to Mars by 2026, has hinted that the early voyages would likely have fatalities.

The tech mogul and SpaceX CEO warned in a recent interview that “a bunch of people will probably die” in the beginning stages of Mars exploration as his company works out the kinks of traveling to the Red Planet.

“Going to Mars reads like that ad book for [explorer Ernest] Shackleton going to the Antarctic,” Musk, 49, told Peter Diamandis in a lengthy interview that streamed live on YouTube on Thursday. “It’s dangerous, it’s uncomfortable, it’s a long journey. You might not come back alive. But it’s a glorious adventure, and it’ll be an amazing experience.”

He continued: “You might die… and you probably won’t have good food and all these things. It’s an arduous and dangerous journey where you may not come back alive, but it’s a glorious adventure. Sounds appealing. Mars is the place. That’s the ad, that’s the ad for Mars.”

When Diamandis pointed out that plenty of people were still sending in applications to take part in a journey to Mars, Musk again remarked that explorers should be careful what they wish for.

“I mean, honestly, a bunch of people probably will die in the beginning,” he said. “It’s tough sledding over there, you know? … We don’t want to make anyone go, so… Volunteers only.”

Musk, who was recently tapped to host the May 8 episode of Saturday Night Live, initially hoped that SpaceX would be able to send people to Mars by 2024, but later revised the goal to a later date.

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