SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said it is very unlikely that humans will get to Mars before he dies.
“If we don’t improve our pace of progress, I’m definitely going to be dead before we go to Mars,” Musk said at the Satellite 2020 conference in Washington. “If it’s taken us 18 years just to get ready to do the first people to orbit, we’ve got to improve our rate of innovation or, based on past trends, I am definitely going to be dead before Mars.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 11, 2020
He reiterated that the biggest challenge to the mission is to create a huge fully-reusable rocket that could carry humans to Mars and bring back to Earth.
Earlier, Elon Musk said, SpaceX will launch its first crewed mission in the second quarter of the year. The mission will be called Demo-2 and it will be launch sometime between April to June Window, in the current year. The mission will involve two NASA crew members to send to the International Space Station (ISS).