SpaceX founder, Elon Musk on 27 September revealed his ambitious plan of sending humans to Mars in large numbers and establishing a human colony on the red planet.
While speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, Musk unveiled his ideas for an interplanetary transport system, using a massive re-usable rocket and a fleet of spaceships.
Musk went on to say that it was indeed possible to send thousands of people to the planet and that within 40 to 100 years, Mars could be home to millions.
"This is not about everyone moving to Mars, this is about becoming multiplanetary. This is really about minimizing existential risk and having a tremendous sense of adventure," Nat Geo quoted Musk as saying.
However, he did not mention where would people will live once they arrive on the planet or how would they cope with the environment on Mars.
He added that with certain technical advancements, he aims to bring the price of a ticket to Mars down to around $200,000 per person.
"You can't create a self-sustaining civilisation on Mars if the ticket price is USD 10 billion per person," he said.
Musk also has a name in mind for the first ship that goes to Mars. He plans to name it Heart of Gold from The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.