Elon Musk: I’ll be surprised if we’re not landing on Mars within five years
Elon Musk stated that he has a new plan for the project — and it’s sooner than you people are thinking.
“I will be surprised if we could not land on Mars within five upcoming years,” he told that to Time Magazine, about SpaceX taking mankind to Mars in a story published on 13th December.
50 years old Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, CEO of Tesla was named Time’s person of the year. He has a plan for the red planet. A self-sustaining city with solar-powered hydroponic farms where we human can live forever, about 34 million miles away from the blue planet.
“The next Important thing is to build a self-sustaining city on red planet then bring some animals and creatures of Earth,” Musk told Time. “Sort of like a futuristic Noah’s ark. We will bring more than two, though — it would be a little weird if there’s only two.”
In February month, Greg Autry, the space policy expert and professer of Arizona State University told buisness insider that Musk will not reach mars till 2029 without NASA’s help.
Other space experts believed that Mars probably cannot sustain long-term human settlement at all. In April 2021, Elon Musk himself told nonprofit XPrize that some astronauts will “probably die” en route to red planet.
According to Forbes, elon musk is the richest person on the planet, with the net worth of 247 billion dollars. Also Musk has a track record of setting unrealistic timelines for moonshot tech advances.
In 2016, Musk tweeted that Tesla’s fully self-driving cars would be available within roughly two years. In 2019, he promised 1 million Tesla “Robotaxis” by 2020. The Boring Company, which Musk founded in 2017 to build high-speed commuter tunnels in major cities, appears to have abandoned a project in Chicago and postponed another near Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
Musk tweeted in 2016 that Tesla’s self driving cars will br available within next two years. In 2019 he promised about a million Tesla “Robotaxis” by 2020.
“Punctuality is not my strong suit,” Musk admitted during an earnings call last year.
SpaceX, recently valued at $100 billion, is a major player in today’s space race: In April, the company was awarded an exclusive NASA contract to put U.S. astronauts on the moon for the first time since 1972.
But Musk told Time he’s not necessarily trying to make money off Mars. Rather, he said, it’s more about what feels “exciting,” including an overall goal “to make life multi-planetary and enable humanity to become a spacefaring civilization.”
SpaceX has redefined sustainability standards in aerospace engineering since it launched in 2002, becoming the first company to reuse a rocket for a NASA mission in 2017. In May, it became the first-ever private company to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
Getting there hasn’t been easy. Notably, SpaceX nearly bankrupted Musk in 2008 after a series of failed rocket launches. Last month, Musk sent employees a letter saying SpaceX could be at “genuine risk of bankruptcy” again — but told Time on Monday that the letter was mostly a motivational tactic.
“We cannot lose our edge or get complacent,” he said.
SpaceX has other issues, too.
On Tuesday, former SpaceX engineer Ashley Kosak wrote an op-ed in Lioness stating she was sexual harassed throughout her past four years at the company. She wrote that “misogyny is rampant” within SpaceX, and that Musk “uses engineers as a resource to be mined, rather than a team to be led.”
Later on Tuesday, at least five more former SpaceX employees spoke out about harassment at the company, according to The Verge.
And last month, CNBC reported that a number of longtime SpaceX employees, including two vice presidents and a senior director, left the company following a purchase offer tied to employees’ stock vesting schedules.
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