Elon Musk says '70 percent' chance he'll move to Mars

"I'm talking about moving there."

Zoey Chong Reporter
Zoey is CNET's Asia News Reporter based in Singapore. She prefers variety to monotony and owns an Android mobile device, a Windows PC and Apple's MacBook Pro all at the same time. Outside of the office, she can be found binging on Korean variety shows, if not chilling out with a book at a café recommended by a friend.
Zoey Chong
2 min read
Elon Musk Presents SpaceX Plans To Colonise Mars
Mark Brake/Getty Images

Elon Musk believes there's a "70 percent" chance he will go to Mars, he said in an interview with Axios on HBO Sunday. Musk was responding to a question on the likelihood he will personally go to Mars.

"We've recently made a number of breakthroughs that I… am just really fired up about," the SpaceX founder said, adding, "I'm talking about moving there."

If a Mars voyage is also on your bucket list, start saving up, because it'll cost you "around a couple hundred thousand dollars" to snag a seat on the Starship (formerly known as the BFR), Musk's spaceship designed for interplanetary travel. It's also the spacecraft the first private moon passenger will travel in.

But beware of the risk.

"Your probability of dying on Mars is much higher than Earth," Musk responded when a host floated the idea that a one-way ticket to Mars might be an "escape hatch" for the affluent.

"There's a good chance of death, going in a little can through deep space," he explained.

Even if you arrive safe and sound, you'll apparently be kept "working nonstop" to build a base on Mars. You might also have to live out of the Starship, according to SpaceX's principal Mars development engineer Paul Wooster at this year's Mars Society Convention.

And even if you make it to Mars, you could still end up dying in its harsh conditions.

But Musk remains certain he wants to go.

Watch this: Elon Musk says he's going to Mars. We don't doubt him

"There's lots of people who climb mountains. People die on Mount Everest all the time," Musk said. "They like doing it for the challenge."

Both Musk fans and haters were on Twitter again following the release of the interviews, where he also talked about his vision for merging artificial intelligence and humans, and how Tesla nearly went bust.

Musk also wondered if the Earth might be flat, hollow, or both.

19 photos from NASA astronaut Scott Kelly show Earth's 'Infinite Wonder'

See all photos

CNET's Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.

CNET's complete guide to Cyber Monday 2018: The best discounts we've found so far.