Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk thinks that another global extinction event (like what killed the dinosaurs) is “inevitable,” and that if humanity wants to stick around for the long-term we need to settle other planets – starting with our red neighbor, Mars.
In his recent interview at AllThingsD’s D11 conference, Musk said that colonizing Mars may seem difficult, but is certainly achieveable. As for the potential hazards of going to a planet that is, on average, 225 million kilometers away from our lonely blue dot? “All things considered, if one’s going to die anywhere, it would be kind of cool to die on Mars.”
This isn’t the first time that the real-life Iron Man has talked about settling other worlds. Back in November, Wired covered a establishing a colony of 80,000 people on Mars. This wouldn’t be a trip for your average joe, of course: he wants to provide the flights there for a cool $500,000 per person.