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Elon Musk has warned a "bunch of people will probably die" during SpaceX's initial voyages to Mars.
The Tesla billionaire made the comment during an interview with Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to encourage technological development.
Musk announced plans to send a million people to the Red Planet by 2050, but mentioned nothing of their return.
Now, we know why.
Elon said he believes voyagers "might not come back alive" but it "will be an amazing experience" for them.
The Space X founder also called the trip a "dangerous" and "uncomfortable" journey but a "glorious adventure."
Musk said: "Going to Mars reads like that advert for Shackleton going to the Antarctic.
"You know it is dangerous, it's uncomfortable and it's a long journey.
"You might not come back alive but it is a glorious adventure and it will be an amazing experience."
Responding to Diamandis question about the potential deaths, Musk added that it's "tough" going over to Mars.
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He said: "Yeah, honestly a bunch of people will probably die in the beginning.
"It's tough going over there."
Musk announced February that Space X plans to send its first "all-civilian" crew to space at the end of 2021.
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The mission will be commanded by tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman.
Space X said it will pick three people to ride alongside Isaacman to orbit aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.
The firm launched two crews to space already, but those were with trained NASA astronauts — including one astronaut from Japan’s space agency — on government-funded trips to the International Space Station.
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