Exclusive - Elon Musk Discusses Mars

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Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk explains why he wants to send people to Mars. (2:04)

ARE YOU GOING TO SEND PEOPLE TOMARS?

>> WE'RE ASPIRING TO SENDPEOPLE TO MARS.

>> I THINK THAT'S FANTASTIC.

WHY?

THOUGH?

>> [LAUGHTER]>> I DO. I MEAN I DO.

I HONESTLY THINK IT IS SUPEREXCITING,

A HUGE SCIENCE FICTION FAN.

BUT WHY WOULD WE WANT TO GO?

YOU'VE SEEN THE PICTURES.

I THINK TWO MAIN REASONS.

ONE IS THAT IF HUMANITY IS ONMORE THAN ONE PLANET, IF WE ARE

A MULTI PLANET SPECIES, AND ASPACE RANK CIVILIZATION,

THEN CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT,HUMANITY AS WE KNOW IT,

CONSCIOUSNESS WOULD LIKELY

PROPAGATE THE FUTURE MUCHFURTHER THAN A SINGLE PLANET

SPECIES, AND ALTHOUGH WE'REQUITE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT LIFE

ON EARTH, AT SOME POINT THEREIS LIKELY TO BE SOME

CALAMITY, EVENNATURAL, MAN MADE.

>> DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHATTHAT MIGHT BE?

>> THERE ARE A FEW OPTIONS.

I'M NOT A DOOMSDAY -- IDID SAY MULTIPLE PLANET --

NOT LIKE ANOTHER PLANET, BUT ADIFFERENT ONE.

ONE PLANET BUT A DIFFERENT ONE.

I REALLY THINK IT'S IMPORTANTTHAT WE ARE ON MULTIPLE PLANETS

AND A SPACE RANK CIVILIZATION--I THINK THAT'S--

THAT SORT OF PRESERVES THEFUTURE OF HUMANITY, LIFE

INSURANCE COLLECTIVELY.

SOME OF THE DEFENSE ARGUMENT.

NOW, THE ONE I FIND ACTUALLYMORE INTERESTING OR MORE

MOTIVATING IS THAT IT WOULD BEJUST THE GREATEST ADVENTURE

EVER.

AND IT WOULD BE REALLY EXCITING.

INSPIRING.

>> BUT DANGEROUS.

JUMPING OFF THE CLIFF IS ANADVENTURE UNTIL YOU STOP

SUDDENLY.

>> RIGHT.

EXACTLY.

>> HAVING FAMILIES ANDEVERYTHING ON MARS?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> MARS AIN'T THE KIND OF PLACEYOU RAISE YOUR KIDS.

>> [LAUGHTER]>> IT'S COLD AS HELL.

AND THERE IS NO ONE THERE TORAISE THEM IF YOU DID.

[LAUGHTER]>> WELL, I MEAN MY SORT OF TERM

FOR MARS IS THAT IT IS AFIXER UPPER PLANET.

IT WILL TAKE SOME WORK.BUT IT'S POSSIBLE

TO TRANSFORM MARS ULTIMATELYINTO A EARTH LIKE PLANET,