In 2011, billionaire Elon Musk said he would send a man to Mars in the next 10 years. Now, a decade later, the Internet wants to know what happened to his promise.
Mr Musk has repeatedly said he wants to make humanity a “multi-planetary species” by establishing a colony on the Red Planet. His spacecraft engineering company, SpaceX, is building a prototype rocket capable of carrying crew and cargo on and off Mars.
– Wild Gitters (SteinKobe) May 30, 2022
In April 2011, during an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Musk was pressured to give a time frame for when humans could land on Mars. “In the best case, 10 years. In the worst case, 15 to 20 years,” Mr Musk responded.
Now, more than 10 years later, the interview has resurfaced online One Twitter user even shared a screenshot of Mask’s quote, which has now gone viral with 36,000 likes and nearly 3,000 retweets.
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The post has also received hundreds of comments since it was shared. When A user “We should send him as soon as possible to help him keep that promise,” he joked. Other “She is OK. General business forecasts are usually off for a year or two. “” Hey @ElonMusk, where are you on that Mars mission? ” Third. “Covid slows things down. Let’s give a generous amount for another 5 years, ”he said Fourth.
SpaceX has made a lot of progress in building its Mars rocket, but not fast enough to meet the initial timeline. Earlier this year, Mr. Musk revealed that he had postponed his target date for reaching the Red Planet. Taking to TwitterHe said he now sees 2029 as the earliest date for humans to set foot on Mars.
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Most recently, Tesla and SpaceX CEOs have talked more about their Mars mission. In a tweet addressed to former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Mr Musk said he was hopeful of finding people on Mars by 2029.
2029 looks like an important year. I would be surprised if we don’t have AGI by then. Hopefully, people on Mars too.
– Elon Musk (lonelonmusk) May 30, 2022
When Pune-based technologist Prannoy Pathol asked him how confident he was about completing Starship’s first crew mission to Mars before 2013, Mr. Musk Feedback“It simply came to our notice then. The priority is to get the starship into orbit reliably, then to achieve full and immediate reusability in both phases. “
Significantly, if Mr. Musk’s target date slips too far into the 2030s, it will be very close when the US space agency NASA aims to send the first astronaut to Mars.