Musk revealed that getting to Mars is not the problem, building a self-sustaining city there is the real issue. "Good chance you'll die, it's going to be tough going, but it will be pretty glorious if it works out," he said.
Elon Musk has made it clear to us that it is his dream to establish human life on Planet Mars. However, recently, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO revealed the harsh side of his dream that he is set to turn into reality.
The Next-generation Starship spacecraft of SpaceX, which is in the process of development, aims to be able to transport up to 100 people to Mars one day.
According to CNBC, he clarified that getting to Mars is not the problem, building a self-sustaining city there is the real issue.
In a virtual 'Humans to Mars' conference on Monday, the 49-year-old told, "Getting to Mars, I think, is not the fundamental issue. The fundamental issue is building a base, building a city on Mars that is self-sustaining."
"We're going to build a propellant plant, an initial Mars base - Mars Base Alpha - and then get it to the point where it's self-sustaining," he added.
"I want to emphasize that this is a very hard and dangerous, difficult thing, not for the faint of heart. Good chance you'll die, it's going to be tough going, but it will be pretty glorious if it works out."
He made it clear that the Spaceship was SpaceX's priority and that big strides have been made, however, there is a lot to do yet before people will be sent to Mars.
“We are going to go to the moon, we are going to have a base on the moon, we are going to send people to mars and make life multi-planetary. This day heralds a new age of space exploration” — @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/rdTj0td18V— Starman (@RealLifeStarman) August 3, 2020
"We're making good progress. The thing that really impedes progress on Starship is the production system... A year ago there was nothing there and now we've got quite a lot of production capability. So we're rapidly making more and more ships. We've got to first make the thing work, automatically deliver satellites, and do hundreds of missions with satellites before we put people on board," he said.