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    The tech maverick's company SpaceX is working on a next-generation spaceship that is expected to dramatically reduce the cost of space launches and simplify space travel. The company previously said it plans to send the first space tourists to the Moon in 2022. Musk said SpaceX will land humans on the Red Planet before 2030.

    Elon Musk has left Twitter ablaze after posting a statement about the importance of space colonisation. The 49-year-old said that making life multiplanetary is necessary as one day plants and animals on Earth will die. The tech entrepreneur mentioned Mars as a potential home for humanity.

    ​The post received almost 100,000 likes and drew a mixed reaction from netizens. While some users backed Musk and his attempts to colonise Mars…

    ​…others deemed it more pragmatic to stay on Earth.

    ​Many users contended that Musk should focus on preserving and improving life on Earth.

    ​Other netizens deemed that humanity is facing more acute problems.

    ​Still others wondered what life on Mars would look like.

    ​Musk has been speaking about the importance of space colonisation for years. Initially, his company SpaceX planned to send humans to the Red Planet in 2024, but has recently delayed the project, saying it will likely occur before 2030. In September 2020, Musk shared his thoughts on establishing a permanent presence on Mars, noting that constructing a self-sustaining city will be difficult.

    "I want to emphasise, this is a very hard and dangerous and difficult thing. Not for the faint of heart. Good chance you'll die. And it's going to be tough, tough going, but it'll be pretty glorious if it works out", he said.

    SpaceX said its Starlink project, designed to provide high-speed broadband internet across the world, could also be used on Mars as a communication channel between Earth and the Red Planet.

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