Musk predicts humans on Mars by 2026, but says “a bunch of people will die” in the effort

by Peter Heck · Apr 27th, 2021 9:23 am

Last Updated Apr 28th, 2021 at 4:35 pm

SpaceX mastermind and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk gave an alarming assessment of the "arduous and dangerous" journey to Mars that he believes is on the nearby horizon for mankind.

In an interview, Musk was asked whether a mission to Mars is just "some escape hatch for rich people."

"Going to Mars reads like that ad for Shackleton going to the Antarctic," Musk said. "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."

Musk has previously said he believes his company will have human beings on the planet Mars by 2026. The billionaire plans to soon construct a city in Texas called Starbase that will serve as the launchpad for space missions.

"It's an arduous and dangerous journey where you may not come back alive," the tech boss continued. "Honestly, a bunch of people probably will die in the beginning."


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