Elon Musk wants humans to reach Mars. With his company SpaceX behind him, he has presented some incredibly bold claims about what is possible for humanity on the red planet. He has shown concepts for Mars settlements and even called scientists who say that climate engineering on the planet is impossible.
Now, in an interview with HBO AxiosMusk duplicates himself in one of the most extravagant claims he has made during his years in the spotlight. Mars, he says, will be his final home, and estimates that his chances of moving to the planet are a generous 70%.
Musk has said in the past that he is fine with the idea of dying on Mars, provided it is not during the landing (or, more precisely, that he falls). He is totally convinced of the idea of actually traveling there, which is a bold statement in light of his own proclamation that the first humans making the trip have a very, very good chance of dying.
When asked if living on Mars would be an escape from the problems facing humanity on Earth, Musk responded. Pointing out all the difficulties of living on Mars, Musk said that even after paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for the privilege of moving to Mars, a price that Musk expects to be a reality before a long life, life will be difficult and incredibly dangerous. Very little time to relax.
As to why he would want to go, knowing the difficulties that will likely present themselves to anyone making the trip, Musk compared a trip to Mars with the Everest climb. People die on Everest all the time, Musk said, adding that people still make the trip because they enjoy the challenge. The difference, of course, is that a trip to Everest eventually ends, as long as the ascent and descent survive, while a trip to Mars sounds more like a one-way ticket.