He also said his only desire to earn money is to help fund this project. Elon Musk is a man on a mission to Mars. I used to think people were joking when they said he will pioneer the project that will send the first humans to Mars, now he is the front runner and a very serious contender in the race to Mars.
"Are you prepared to die? If that's okay, then you're a candidate for going," he added. But Musk didn't want to get stuck talking about the risks and immense danger. "This is less about who goes there first... the thing that really matters is making a self-sustaining civilization on Mars as fast as possible. This is different than Apollo. This is really about minimizing existential risk and having a tremendous sense of adventure," he said.