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Elon Musk Says There's a 70 Percent Chance He'll Go to Mars

26 November 2018, 11:17 | Justin Tyler

Elon Musk has been threatening to move to to Mars for a while now, but for the first time he's actually attached a number to the probability of him making the leap - in an interview for documentary series Axios on HBO, he said there is a "70% chance" he will move to Mars.

As Gizmodo reports, Elon Musk has stated that for those who would like to venture to Mars one day, traveling to the planet with his SpaceX company will most likely cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The timeline: As soon as seven years.

When asked if moving to Mars would be an "escape hatch for the rich", Musk said that the possibility of dying on another planet would be far higher than on Earth.

"It's going to be hard, there's a good chance of death ーgoing in a little can through deep space, you might land successfully", he said. You might also have to live out of the Starship, according to SpaceX's principal Mars development engineer Paul Wooster at this year's Mars Society Convention.

"Once you land successfully, you'll be working nonstop to build the base". And even then, how long can you continue to survive there into old age as health inevitably starts to fail?

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has always been interested in colonizing Mars.

Still, Musk shrugged off the idea that a cosmic cruise would be "an escape hatch for rich people".

"We think you can come back but we're not sure", Musk added. "So... there's a good chance you die there", he said.

"There's lots of people who climb mountains", he told Allen. "Essentially, the company was bleeding money like insane, and just if we didn't solve these problems in a very short period of time we would die".

According to NASA, the review - which would also cover Boeing, another company interested in commercial space flights - is meant to make sure that both companies are "meeting NASA's requirements for workplace safety, including the adherence to a drug-free environment".

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