Elon Musk Says There’s A ‘Good Chance’ You’ll Die On His First Spaceship To Mars

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On second thought, flying to Detroit doesn’t seem so bad after all.

According to The Times, super genius and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told a South By Southwest audience Sunday that if any of them are aboard the first spaceship he’s sending to Mars, well, odds are they’re going to die.

“It’s difficult, dangerous, [there’s a] good chance you will die, excitement for those who survive, that kind of thing,” Musk said. “I think there aren’t that many people that want to go in the beginning because all those things I said are true. But there will be some who will, for whom the excitement of frontier and exploration exceeds the danger.”

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You mean the majority of people won’t want to do something that’s going to kill them? Forgive me, guys. You see, I don’t often get to say something like this about a genius, so just bear with me for a second.

Um, no shit.

If surviving a trip to Mars isn’t high on your list of priorities, there’s good news, as Musk said the first test flights of his “fully reusable” spaceships will take place early next year. While the test flights will be short, up-and-down trips, it’s unknown how long the actual flights to Mars will be.

But let’s be honest. Does it really matter how long it’s going to take if you’re going to be dead when you land?