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Elon states that he wants to make a trip to the Red Planet affordable for an average American Family. Affordable, he later said, is “no more than half a million dollars”. Considering that this would be a trip to another planet, I personally don’t think 500,000 dollars USD is a bad price.
He uses the word family which means that he is planning on sending generations of people to the red planet to save their lineage. After all, people would need a family unit to accompany them to make Mars feel like a home.
If SpaceX can pull this off it will be an amazing step for human kind. Imagine booking a trip to Mars to live out your remaining days. The risk would be immense, but the reward of being a pioneer would be immeasurable.
Elon elaborates with, “It will be the most difficult thing man kind has ever done.”
He also laughs that the biggest payload on the test Dragon Capsule , the same capsule that flew a mission to the International Space Station was a wheel of cheese.
Don’t be surprised if Elon moves to Mars, he’s stated that he wants to visit the red planet some day.
Another company, Mars One has boasted claims that they want to send a manned mission to Mars. They plan on doing it with the help of advertisers and a reality show.
Could this be the beginning of a new space race between privately owned companies and NASA? Let us know in the comments below.