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  • Elon Musk said Tuesday he’s highly confident SpaceX could land humans on Mars in six years.
  • “If we get lucky, maybe four years,” he said Tuesday.
  • Musk has long emphasized that he founded SpaceX primarily to help humanity become a multiplanetary species and have a base on the Moon and a city on Mars.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has set an ambitious timeline to land a human on Mars. 

The billionaire Tesla executive on Tuesday said he is highly confident that SpaceX will be capable of landing astronauts on the Red Planet in about six years, and possibly even sooner. 


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The projection is based on the fact that Earth and Mars are in sync in terms of their orbits around the sun about every 26 months. 

“The Earth-Mars synchronization occurs roughly every 26 months,” Musk said Tuesday during an Axel Springer event in Berlin. 

“We had one this year in the summer and that means in roughly about two years, there will be another one and two years after that. I think if you said, ‘six years from now,’ I’d say I’m highly confident, and if we get lucky, maybe four years.” 

Musk has long emphasized that he founded SpaceX primarily to help humanity become a multiplanetary species and have a base on the moon and a city on Mars. In a paper published in 2017, Musk laid out plans for having as many as 1 million people living on the Red Planet. 

“I think it’s important that we strive to have a self-sustaining city on Mars as soon as possible. I’m optimistic about the future on Earth, but I think it’s important to have life insurance for life as a whole,” Musk said Tuesday. 

To make the unprecedented trip possible, SpaceX is developing the 165-foot-tall stainless steel Starship rocket with the goal of launching cargo and as many as a 100 people at a time to the Moon and Mars.


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Published on Dec 02, 2020