Will Elon Musk Keep His Promise to Colonize Mars?

Almost everyone in the world knows Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, wishes humans to colonize the Mars. The tech billionaire has been pursuing the dream for several decades, and it appears that his aerospace firm SpaceX will eventually make it a reality. The SpaceX founder has frequently spoken about his desire to build cities on Mars. He believes that settlements will require a large number of people to become self-sustaining.

When will this happen? Musk promises that it will happen within the next five to ten years. In a recent interview, Musk was asked once more, “When do you think SpaceX will land a human on Mars?” To this, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responded that, in the best-case scenario, SpaceX could land a man on Mars within the next five years. In the worst-case scenario, this could last for the next ten years.

This is still commendable, given that the discussion is about sending a living, breathing human to the surface of another planet, a prospect that would have been laughed at if we had lived just half a century ago. Now we own SpaceX’s Starship that looks like a large towering rocket and this may soon make Musk’s and many others’ dreams a reality. Musk was not being overly optimistic. Musk stopped for ten seconds when podcaster Lex Fridman raised the question during the interview. He then stated, “Best case is about five years, worst case is about ten years,” which is enough to pique the interest of all space enthusiasts.

This is not the first time Musk has alluded to a timetable for human landings on Mars. Musk told Time magazine earlier this month, “I’ll be surprised if we don’t land on Mars within five years.” It appears that the timeline has become slightly more realistic since then. It should be noted, however, that Musk is notorious for missing deadlines for his targets. This is because his ambitions are frequently regarded as borderline insane, at least until the rest of the world sees him achieve them. One such goal is to land a man on Mars and we definitely need to make a large rocket for that.

Musk appears to be in control of the latter half. In a recent interview, he emphasized how rocket engineering is one of the determinants for the monumental task. He used the opportunity to extol the majesty of Starship, describing it as the most complex and advanced rocket ever made. “It’s really on another level,” he said. Mask says that the level of optimization on Starship is very critical for this mission. Musk also added that the rocket can reduce the cost per ton per orbit and ultimately cost per ton to Mars’ surface. This will be a very critical mission to him. Of course, this will not be the only factor influencing a manned mission to Mars. Though it appears that Musk and the other agencies involved with the project still have time to figure it all out.

Experts have warned that if things don’t go as planned during the three remaining launch possibilities before 2026, it may take longer than he predicts. Musk intends to build 1,000 Starship rockets and launch three of them every day in order to transport one million people to Mars.

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