Elon Musk: I’ll put a man on Mars in 10 years

April 25, 2011

Dragon spacecraft in orbit (credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX will launch a rocket into orbit in three years and will “go all the way to Mars” in 10 to 20 years, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on The Wall Street Journal MarketWatch Friday.

The statement follows a SpaceX announcement last week that NASA has awarded the company $75 million to develop a revolutionary launch escape system that will enable the company’s Dragon spacecraft to carry astronauts.

Dragon Spacecraft in Crew Configuration (credit: SpaceX)