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Elon Musk Wants Death Volunteers for Mars Mission

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By    |   Saturday, 11 Jun 2016 09:27 AM

 Elon Musk has unveiled his plans for establishing a colony on Mars, but he freely admits that some of his space volunteers will never come back home.

"It’s dangerous and probably people will die — and they’ll know that," the SpaceX founder and Silicon Valley billionaire told The Washington Post. "And then they’ll pave the way, and ultimately it will be very safe to go to Mars, and it will very comfortable. But that will be many years in the future."

The colonization project could get underway as soon as 2018, when SpaceX plans its first unmanned spacecraft flight to Mars. After that, the fights would launch on a two year cycle to take advantage of when the orbits of Earth and Mars move closest together. At first flights would take science experiments and rovers, not humans, to the Red Planet. Musk hopes to have the first human mission landing on Mars in 2025.

Musk, also the founder of Tesla Motors, started SpaceX with the goal of eventually establishing a colony on Mars, but until now had not explained all the details. He told The Post that the missions were like when colonists crossed the Atlantic Ocean to come to the United States years ago, but admitted that the months' long journey to reach Mars, at 140 million miles away, will be extremely dangerous and difficult.

However, he's not worried about finding people who will want to go, as there will be volunteers who "want to be the pioneers."

The early flights will allow the country to test out interplanetary navigation and to learn to land safely on Mars, said Musk, and will serve as a cargo route.

NASA has said it will provide "technical support" in 2018, but not financial, as SpaceX is a private company, operating without the financial backing of the government. However, NASA has its own manned Mars mission planned for the 2030s, even though there are some in Congress who want NASA to return to the moon.

Musk would not provide all details, promising to unveil his plans of the massive operations in September. According to SpaceX, the first trip would use its Dragon spacecraft to head to Mars, boosted by the Falcon Heavy rocket, which is powered by 27 first-stage engines. The rocket will fly for the first time this year.

After that, in 2020, Musk said the company will try flying two Falcon Heavy rockets and Dragon spacecraft, and anticipates there will be many organizations interested in doing experiments on Mars.

And in 2022, Musk plans to launch the Mars Colonial Transporter to Mars.

"This is going to be mind-blowing," he told The Post. "Mind blowing. It's going to be really great."

But the first mission will have just a handful of people, as "we want to risk the fewest number of lives as possible," said Musk, and SpaceX will "have to get lucky and things go according to plan" to launch manned flight in 2024 and land in 2025.

"But I do want to emphasize this is not about sending a few people to Mars," he continued. "It’s about having an architecture that would enable the creation of a self-sustaining city on Mars with the objective of being a multi-planet species and a true space-faring civilization and one day being out there among the stars."

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Elon Musk has unveiled his plans for establishing a colony on Mars, but he freely admits that some of his space volunteers will never come back home. "It's dangerous and probably people will die - and they'll know that," the SpaceX founder and Silicon Valley billionaire...
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