Elon Musk, the CEO of the Tesla Motors and SpaceX have recently presented the Interplanetary Transport System. The aim of this system is to transport people to the Red Planet and eventually colonize it.
This trip would cost $200,000 and although Elon Musk was the one who came up with the whole concept, he himself wouldn’t travel there.
According to Business Insider Musk was asked whether he would go on board and he said:”I don’t think so. I’m not really sure. I’d have to have a really good succession plan because the likelihood of death is very high. The first journey to Mars is going to be really very dangerous. The risk of fatality will be high. There’s just no way around it.” Moreover, Musk said that he wouldn’t risk it because he has kids and he would like to watch them grow up.
That is why the Guardian asked readers would they take a risk. There were some ‘yes’ answers and here is one of them:” “I don’t think civilization progresses without taking risks and making sacrifices. If my death provides valuable insight into preventing future deaths in space, then it was worthwhile.
Admittedly, though it would be bad to suffocate in the depths of space, it’s more romantic than the deaths I’m statistically most likely to experience here: cancer, heart disease, or car crash.
SpaceX wants to transport people to another planet, but the CEO, himself is unwilling to go for a trip. Who knows, maybe he will change his mind when the journey becomes safer. Luckily, there are volunteers, though.