Billionaire Elon Musk said in 2011 that he would send a person to Mars within the next 10 years. Now, ten years later, the Internet wants to know what happened to his promise.
Musk has repeatedly said he wants to make humans a “multi-planetary species” by colonizing the red planet. His spacecraft engineering company, SpaceX, is developing a prototype rocket capable of carrying crew and cargo to Mars and beyond.
—Wild Geerters (@steinkobbe) May 30, 2022
In an April 2011 interview with The Wall Street Journal, Musk was forced to give a timeline for when humans could land on Mars. “Best case, 10 years. Worst case, 15 to 20 years,” Musk responded.
Now, more than 10 years later, the interview has surfaced online again. One Twitter user even shared a screenshot of Musk’s quote, which has now gone viral, garnering more than 36,000 likes and nearly 3,000 retweets.
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The post has also received hundreds of comments since it was shared.although a user “To help him keep his promise, we should send him as soon as possible,” jokingly wrote. other Said: “He’s been doing well so far. Normal business forecasts are usually delayed by a year or two.” “Hey @elonmusk, where are you on Mars missions?” asked third. “Coronavirus has slowed things down. Let’s give 5 more years,” said fourth.
SpaceX has made great strides in building a Mars rocket, but not fast enough to meet its original timeline. Earlier this year, Musk revealed that he had pushed back his target date for reaching the Red Planet. on twitterhe said he now thinks 2029 is the earliest date when humans first set foot on Mars.
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More recently, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has spoken even more about his Mars mission. In a tweet to former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Musk said he wants to put people on Mars by 2029.
2029 feels like a pivotal year. I’d be surprised if we didn’t have AGI by then. Hopefully the same goes for people on Mars.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 30, 2022
When asked by Pune-based technician Pranay Pathole how confident he was of completing Starship’s first manned mission to Mars by 2013, Mr. Musk respond“It’s still early days. Getting Starship into orbit reliably and then achieving full and immediate reusability in both phases is the top priority so far.”
Notably, if Mr Musk’s target date is pushed back further into the 2030s, that would be very close to when NASA plans to send the first astronauts to Mars.