Elon Musk Says He'll Move Us To Mars By 2022

Just a quick heads up​

Elon Musk has updated his timetable for moving us all to Mars: we will now be boarding space rockets and abandoning Earth around 2022.

Actually, that's not strictly true - the SpaceX founder merely wants to achieve a manned mission to the red planet, which means one of us – presumably Matt Damon – can go ahead and check the place out first.

Musk, who has already brought the world driveless cars, the Hyperloop and – er – Paypal, explained his reasoning for this latest brilliantly bat-shit idea at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico (yeah we forgot to get tickets this year, too).

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"What I really want to try to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible – like it's something we can achieve in our lifetimes," he said.

On potential outcomes for the future of humanity, Musk added: "One is that we stay on Earth forever and then there will be an inevitable extinction event. The alternative is to become a spacefaring civilization, and a multi-planetary species."

It wasn't high flying sci-fi rhetoric though. Musk elaborated on his plans, which includes a producing a larger version of SpaceX's existing Falcon 9 reusable booster that will be attached to am 'interplanetary module' the size of two Boeing 747s.

In a final poetic flourish that marks out your true visionaries from your crackpot dreamers, Musk added the first of these ships will be christened 'Heart of Gold' – a nod to a spacecraft of the same name from Douglas Adam's classic novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy which is powered by an "infinite improbability drive".