Musk, SpaceX on ’60 Minutes’ March 18

March 16, 2012

(Credit: CBS)

Elon Musk and SpaceX will be featured in a segment on the CBS 60 Minutes program on Sunday, March 18 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

“He’s already the first private citizen to launch a spaceship into orbit and bring it back to Earth, so it’s no surprise Elon Musk believes he will be the first entrepreneur to put a man into space, too,” says 60 Minutes‘ Scott Pelley.

At the heart of Musk’s goal is the idea of less costly space exploration so mankind can expand beyond Earth, perhaps to insure its survival. “I think it’s important that humanity become a multi-planet species … compared with one where we are forever confined to Earth until some eventual extinction event,” he tells Pelley. “That’s really why I started SpaceX.”

In related news, 21 former astronauts, researchers, educators and industry leaders expressed support for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program┬álast week in an open letter to Congress.