Elon Musk said "a lot of people could die" during the SpaceX Mars mission

 Elon Musk said "a lot of people could die" during the SpaceX Mars mission

According to Mars space pioneer and billionaire Elon Musk, "a group of people could die."

An entrepreneur trying to embark on his mission to the Red Planet, the chairman of the Technical Charitable Foundation, X, issued a stern warning during an interview.

The 49-year-old owner of electric car maker Tesla and space company SpaceX wants to help people explore space and colonize Mars.

He was recently interviewed by Peter Diamandis, founder and chairman of the X Award Foundation, which promotes scientific discovery and technological advancement.

In that interview, the South African-born billionaire said he "honestly, maybe a group of people will die in the head, there are hard sledges here."

"We don't want to let anyone go, it's just volunteers," he said.

He said the Earth Leaving project was seen as "some escape hatches for rich people."

He said: “It’s a dangerous, awkward, long journey, you may not come back alive, but it’s a great adventure and it’s going to be a great event.

He added: “You can die and maybe you won’t have good food and that’s all.

"So, if a difficult and dangerous journey that you may not return to alive, but which is a glorious adventure, involves Mars, here it is [advertising]."

This is after a group of four astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule arrived safely on the International Space Station and are expected to remain on the station for six months.

Last month, Musk said his company would touch its ships to Mars "by 2030."

He plans to send a million people to Mars by 2050 and build a city there.

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