Following SpaceX's successful launch of a reused rocket last week, the firm says hopefuls should now be 'thinking about your tickets to Mars.'
Elon Musk has said he plans to get the cost of travel down to $200,000 per person, and at a recent symposium in Colorado Springs, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell suggested the use of refurbished rockets could ultimately help them hit the target.
“I hope you’re thinking about tickets to Mars,” Gwynne Shotwell said at the 33rd Space Symposium on Wednesday, addressing anyone who may still have lingering abouts, Inverse reports.
SpaceX further plans to reduce the costs of the Falcon 9 in the hope of getting re-used rockets down to a tenth of the cost of building a new one. Travelling to Mars doesn’t just require a ticket but also being well-prepared for the possibility of death.
“I think the first journeys to Mars will be really very dangerous,” Musk said in September.
“The risk of fatality will be high.There's just no way around it.”