CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk had made a special surprise appearance over the weekend at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Musk made an announcement that his spacecraft to Mars would be ready by the next years.

Post to the successful sending of the electric car into deep space, the CEO of SpaceX is now aiming at the fulfillment of his biggest dream of colonizing Mars and sending the citizens of Earth to the red planet.

The businessman, speaking in front of a stoked gathering of fans, said in a statement that SpaceX is doing very well in designing the ship BFR booster, rocketship of SpaceX aimed at traveling to Mars.  The CEO of SpaceX said he thought they would be able to do short flights, short up and down flights, perhaps in the first half of next year and that it is a very big booster and ship. Elon Musk had a surprising session of question-and-answer with the attendees of SXSW.

In the year 2016, Musk made the initial reveal of his strategy of sending people to Mars if any apocalyptic disaster occurred, like that of a nuclear war on Earth.

Elon Musk stated at SXSW that the company wanted to be sure that there was “enough of a seed of civilization somewhere else to get civilization back and perhaps shorten the length of the dark ages”. The CEO further added that according to him, that is the reason why it is crucial to obtain a self-sustaining base, ideally on Mars as it is more likely to survive than a moon base.

The colonization of the red planet and the setting up of Mars Base Alpha would have four stages — the scouting missions, the full-scale fuel factory put up, crewed missions to the red planet, and the actual colonization.

Elon Musk along with the film director Jonathan Nolan premiered an inspiring trailer of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy. The trailer featured the spacecraft from its construction at SpaceX to its historic launching at Cape Canaveral’s Kennedy Space Center with the images of Musk’s Tesla Roadster and Starman.

The producer of the short video clip Nolan stated that the video was not a promotional television material about Falcon Heavy but was made to capture the incredible spirit of the launch of Falcon Heavy.

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