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ELON MUSK: We're Only A Decade Away From Putting Humans On Mars

•, Sam Colt

The electric car tycoon recently announced his intention to revolutionize the solar energy industry. Now Musk is setting his sights on a goal that was considered science-fiction until recently: putting humans on Mars.

Yes, Mars. In an interview with CNBC, Musk declared that it was "certainly possible" to put humans on Mars in a decade

"I'm hopeful that the first people can be taken to Mars in 10-12 years," he said.

Musk isn't the first person to propose a Mars colony. The Mars One Foundation hopes to send humans on one-way trips to the Red Planet beginning in 2023, a year ahead of Musk's goal.

So far the foundation has recieved over 200,000 applications to take a permanent trip to Mars, an alarming commentary on Earth's state of affairs.

For Musk, establishing a colony on Mars is vital. Without it, humans will only live as long as we avoid a catastrophic event like the asteroid that took out the dinosaurs.

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