Here's Why Elon Musk Is Poaching 'The Onion' Staffers

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"For the first people who will go to Mars, it will be a unsafe journey".

Elon Musk has his fingers in multiple pies. SpaceX conducted a successful launch and retrieval of its reusable Falcon Heavy rocket last month. Still, for some, "the excitement of frontier and exploration exceeds the danger". In fact, it will likely be the most powerful rocket in use anywhere on the planet (a title now held by the Falcon Heavy) depending on whether or not NASA has been able to field the SLS by that time, as well as how the final stats for the new platforms match up. "And I think we'll be able to do short flights, sort of up-and-down flights, probably some time in the first half of next year", he said. The SpaceX lead designer predicted that a human landing on the Mars will open the floodgates for space-travel startups and said that his His SpaceX BFR (Big Falcon/Big Fucking rocket) is now under construction, ABJ reported, and could launch in 2019. "This will prove to other companies and countries that it can be done, give them an incentive to go and do it themselves". According to him, SpaceX could be the company to shift the planet's mindset by showing that manned interplanetary operations are possible. He'll gladly sell you an electric vehicle or a solar roof for your house while figuring out a way to ease public transport and get you on Mars.

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Musk said he expects Mars to become a hub of entrepreneurial activity once it is successfully colonized, with everything from pizza joints to "Mars bars". He did warn, however, that the first travelers to Mars would likely perish.

"People have told me that my timelines historically have been "optimistic, '" he said".

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