Red Planet-Ready? Musk Vows SpaceX Trip to Mars

SpaceX Mars launch BFR rocket

SpaceX Mars launch BFR rocket

This warning came after a positive declaration: "We are building the first ship, the first Mars or interplanetary ship right now and I think we'll be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, probably in the first half of next year", Musk predicted. He didn't say how long the flights would be.

"For the early people that go to Mars, it will be far more risky", Musk said. "But there will be some who will, for whom the excitement of frontier and exploration exceeds the danger", he added.

While Musk identified the first half of 2019 as a tentative launch date for the first Mars flights, he conceded that his timelines for new innovations have been "optimistic" in the past.

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"They now don't think it's possible so that if we show them that it is, then I think that they will up their game and they will build interplanetary transport vehicles, as well", Musk, 46, said.

Jumping ahead, Musk said others like him would flock to a Martian colony in an "explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity" to build everything from "iron foundries to pizza joints to nightclubs".

PHOTO: The Falcon 9 rocket sits on the launch pad prior to launch, February 21, 2018, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. SpaceX conducted a successful launch and retrieval of its reusable Falcon Heavy rocket last month. It was the company's most powerful, and reusable, rocket yet that helps pave the way for Musk's goal of getting to Mars. The new SpaceX Falcon heavy rocket has also suffered delays before its maiden flight on February 6 this year, which, in a cosmic gimmick, launched a Tesla Roadster convertible auto towards Mars.

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