In what may come as news to many, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed his thoughts about the first crewed mission to the Red Planet. Musk believes that man will first land on Mars before this decade ends.
Yesterday, when a Twitter user posted an image asking SpaceX CEO Elon Musk about when he thinks the man would first step on Mar’s surface; referring to an Apollo 11, Musk replied, “2029.” While for enthusiasts, the news might excite some; however, let’s not forget that Musk’s predictions do not often see the light of day.
To quote an example, in 2016, Elon Musk predicted humans would reach Mars in 2026, a year that can now be tagged as unrealistic. Moreover, since Musk himself has disregarded the year stating 2029 as his prediction this time, it’s clear this one might also not see the light of day. To think about it, even the year 2029 seems bold enough to be true. At the same time, we’ll have to wait until the time comes to see if Elon Musk has anything up his sleeve to make the Mars crewed mission a reality.
Elon Musk’s crewed Mars mission would be the child of SpaceX. A company that Musk founded almost 20 years ago; to reduce space transportation costs and facilitate the colonization of Mars. At the same time, SpaceX has already managed to gain a reputation with its Falcon 9 rocket. Furthermore, the Falcon 9 rocket is primarily used to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station and launch satellites.
Meanwhile, another prominent name in the space race is Jeff Bezos. The Amazon founder aims to make space travel cheap and available to most with reusable launch systems.