SpaceX, a California-based space private transport company, has set its goal of putting humans on the red planet within the next 10 years.
In a recent interview with CNBC, CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk promised to put humans on Mars within the next decade.
“I’m hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it’s certainly possible for that to occur. But the thing that matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make like multi-planetary,” Musk told CNBC.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is expecting to transport humans to Mars by 2030, putting SpaceX’s projected timeline well-ahead of the US government agency’s proposition.
With regards to financing, the privately-owned SpaceX will eventually become a publically tradable company in order to garner more support for their Mars mission.
“We need to get where things are steady and predictable. Maybe we’re close to developing the Mars vehicle, or ideally we’ve flown it a few times, then I think going public would make more sense,” Musk said during his interview with CNBC.
Mars-One, a non-profit foundation, has also expressed interest in creating a human colony on Mars. In 2013, they submitted a call for astronauts during which more than 200,000 people registered for the first selection program.
Mars-One founder Gerard ‘t Hooft said, “This is going to be a media spectacle; ‘Big Brother’ will pale in comparison. The whole world will be watching and experience this journey.”
Mars-One plans on using SpaceX technology in order to realise their vision of not only placing human on Mars but also creating a sustainable colony on the red planet.