“Starship is the largest rocket ever built and it’ll take us to Mars,” tweeted Tesla Owners Silicon Valley. To this, Mr Musk replied, “We are mapping out a game plan to get a million people to Mars”. “Civilization only passes the single-planet Great Filter when Mars can survive even if Earth supply ships stop coming,” he added.
Mr Musk also reacted to another post on Monday, showcasing his interest in Mars. The post shared on the micro-blogging site featured the billionaire along with his son X. “Having kids and spending time with them is the greatest joy in life,” the caption of the post read. In reply, Mr Musk wrote, “But then I started thinking about Mars”.
Mr Musk has repeatedly said that he wants to make humanity a “multi-planetary species” by establishing a colony on the Red Planet. In 2011, he stated that he would put a man on Mars in the next 10 years. However, in 2022 he revealed that he has pushed back his target date for reaching the Red Planet. In an X post, he said that he now sees 2029 as the earliest date humans might first step on Mars.