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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Wants To Live on Mars

Starship is also set to fly a private passenger -- Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa -- to Moon and is scheduled to start in 2023

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said there’s “70 per cent chance that he will go to Mars”, despite a “good chance” of him not surviving either on his way or after landing, the media reported.

“We’ve recently made a number of breakthroughs that I… am just really fired up about,” Musk was quoted as saying in an interview with Axios on HBO on Sunday, the CNET reported.

“I’m talking about moving there,” said a thrilled Musk, as he spoke about his ambition.

He, however, agreed that the risks were high.

“Your probability of dying on Mars is much higher than on Earth,” Musk said, adding “There’s a good chance of death.”

Even if you make it to Mars, you could still end up dying in its harsh conditions, but Musk remains certain he wants to go.

“There’s lots of people who climb mountains. People die on Mount Everest all the time,” Elon Musk said. “They still like doing it for the challenge.”

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Elon Musk. IANS

The SpaceX founder cautioned though that for those who want to go to the Red Planet they need to start saving because a voyage to Mars will cost “around a couple of hundred thousand dollars”.

Musk’s spaceship designed for interplanetary travel ‘Starship’ (formerly known as the BFR) is a fully reusable vehicle designed to take humans and supplies to Mars and also to dramatically cut travel time within Earth.

This two-stage vehicle — composed of a Booster and a Ship — is designed to eventually replace the company’s Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and the Dragon spacecraft.

It is designed to service all Earth orbit needs as well as the Moon and Mars.

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Starship is also set to fly a private passenger — Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa — to Moon and is scheduled to start in 2023.

Maezawa, 42, is the founder and CEO of Zozo, the largest online fashion retailer in Japan. (IANS)

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Tesla Cars to Have Farting, Goat Noise as Honk Sounds, Hints Elon Musk

The US Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act 2010 states that electric vehicles must have an audible sound at speeds below 30 kms to warn pedestrians of their presence

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Tesla car owners will soon have the option to choose sounds like farting or goat noise for their vehicles’ pedestrian noisemakers and horns, Elon Musk has hinted.

Musk also tweeted about adding coconut sound as part of Tesla’s customisation exercise.

“Customised horn & movement sounds (coconuts being one, of course) coming to Teslas soon,” Musk tweeted.

Musk also teased goat bleats, rushing wind and coconut horse clops from the comedy movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”.

In another tweet, Musk also mentioned adding a whoopie cushion noise (made famous by Tesla’s “Toilet Humor” mode) and a goat noise, reports Teslarati.

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Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

The noisemakers have drawn both positive and negative reviews from consumers, but “the addition of the sounds will keep pedestrians safe in the long run”.

The electric car maker has reportedly started rolling out a pedestrian noisemaker for the Model 3 sedan.

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The noisemakers, which are designed to emit a sound while vehicles are moving below 30 kms in forward and reverse, have reportedly been installed on Model 3 units that were built since September 1.

The US Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act 2010 states that electric vehicles must have an audible sound at speeds below 30 kms to warn pedestrians of their presence. (IANS)