facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Musk: 'I'd like to die on Mars'

March 9, 2013 at 9:55 PM   |   Comments

AUSTIN, Texas, March 9 (UPI) -- SpaceX founder Elon Musk told the crowd at the South by Southwest festival in Texas Saturday said he'd like to fly to Mars before he dies.

"I'd like to die on Mars, just not on impact," he said.

The 41-year-old, South African-born American entrepreneur, who also co-founded Tesla Motors and PayPal, said it would be his life's biggest disappointment if someone doesn't make it to the Red Planet before he dies, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Musk revealed to the crowd of several thousand people that SpaceX launched a 10-story, reusable rocket Saturday. He said it rose about 263 feet into the air, hovered, then landed safely on the launch pad 34 seconds later thanks to its thrust vector and throttle control, the newspaper said.

"It can land on Earth with the accuracy of a helicopter," Musk said.

The crowd got to see a video of the test. Musk said it was the first time anyone aside from the video editor and himself had seen it.

Topics: Elon Musk
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Massive sunspot sending violent flares toward Earth Massive sunspot sending violent flares toward Earth
2
Google exec breaks skydive record with dive from near-space Google exec breaks skydive record with dive from near-space
3
Powerful new microscope sees cell division in real time Powerful new microscope sees cell division in real time
4
Stone tools reveal Ice Age settlement in the Andes Stone tools reveal Ice Age settlement in the Andes
5
Coal-rich Poland wants concessions in EU climate deal Coal-rich Poland wants concessions in EU climate deal
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback