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You may be aware of Elon Musk - the founder of SpaceX and certified crazy man.
The businessman, who also started PayPal and Tesla, has outlined his plans to send humans to Mars as early as 2022, despite the fact that the risk of death would be astronomically high (literally).
The rich-as-fuck entrepreneur alluded to the possible death toll himself, saying, "the risk of fatality will be high," during his keynote speech in front of an audience in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Musk, Musketeer to his mates, offering people the chance to die for him. Credit: PA
Musk plans to colonise the planet, as he believes that is the only option unless we want to "stay on Earth forever and then there will be an inevitable extinction event".
The 45-year-old originally estimated that we'd be on Mars by 2025, but has brought his guess forward three years, and said that if anyone is willing to take part in the mission, they have to be prepared to die.
"There's no way around it," he said. "If that's okay, you're a candidate for going. The probability of death is quite high on the first mission."
Basically, there are schools of thought, which I've put into a flow chart:
However, in order to make the risk of death while on the way to Mars seem more appealing, Elon opened his speech by addressing the risk of death while staying on earth.
"I don't have an immediate doomsday prophecy," the happy-go-lucky geezer stated. "One path is to stay on Earth forever, and there will be some extinction event. The alternative is to become a multi-planetary species, which I hope you will agree is the right way to go." He's basically trying to entice people into having a bit more excitement and dare in the lives as whatever they do, they die. Nice!
He went on to claim that sending someone to the red planet will cost around $10billion, or, chump change, as he calls it.
Eventually, putting to bed any suggestions that he should be the one to take on the life threatening mission, he said that he'd have to leave his companies in capable hands.
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