By Chase Hill / February 13, 2019

Elon Musk Says a Seat To Mars Will Cost You $500,000

That includes the return ticket.

Concept art of Musk's original Red Dragon plan, using thrusters to land on Mars. (SpaceX)
Concept art of Musk's original Red Dragon plan, using thrusters to land on Mars. (SpaceX)

Elon Musk says it could cost up to $500,000 to earn a seat on a SpaceX rocket sending Earthlings to colonize Mars, Extreme Tech reports.

With news that Mars One has bit the dust, Mars lovers seeking a new, more legitimate opportunity to travel to the Red Planet are looking to SpaceX for their next shot at colonizing Earth’s neighbor.

Hopefully, the cost will decrease to less than $100,000. “Low enough that most people in advanced economies could sell their home on Earth & move to Mars if they want,” the billionaire tweeted.

If you think the price tag isn’t worth the trip, keep in mind that your return ticket is included. Meanwhile, currently the cost to take a sub-orbital flight with Virgin Galactic, which only lasts a few minutes, comes in at a cold $200K.

There’s still a lot of work to be done before SpaceX can rocket Earthlings up into space and to Mars. Musk’s team still has to finalize plans and build the actual habitats on Mars, as well as train the Martian pioneers how to actually colonize.

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