Eternal optimist, Elon Musk made a remarkable outing during the presentation by the German press group Axel Springer.
The boss of SpaceX announced a first manned mission to Mars in 2026, without providing more information on this mission.
The technological challenges that remain are numerous, which leaves specialists to believe that it will be very difficult for SpaceX to meet this deadline.
The German press group Axel Springer rewards “exceptional personalities who are particularly innovative”. This year, this award was given to Elon Musk whose personality fits all the criteria that define this award.
During the award ceremony, Elon Musk and Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE discussed several topics. “Tesla is trying to make sure things are going well for the future on Earth and SpaceX is a good future beyond Earth” Musk said. He also recalled that he had founded SpaceX in 2002 mainly to help humanity become a multiplanet species. He also specified that he wanted to “die on Mars ” but ” not on impact ” he said with a laugh.
Elon Musk took advantage of the presentation of this award to make a surprising announcement. He announced a “first manned mission to Mars in 2026, or even 2024”. He plans to send an unmanned vehicle within just two years to the Red Planet that could be used to deposit the survival infrastructure necessary for the first arrivals.