9:37pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
Elon Musk Making 'Progress' Toward Goal To Colonize Mars
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk discussed progress in his company’s goal to colonize Mars as he accepted the Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award, Friday evening during a dinner at the 33rd Annual International Space Development Conference, which runs through May 18 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles.
The Heinlein Award is named after the noted science fiction writer and created to honor those turning science into reality.
“SpaceX was created to accelerate the development of rocket technology and develop self sustaining life on Mars,” said Musk, accepting the award. “I think we’re making some progress—not as fast as it’d like.
He added that he hopes with SpaceX's next generation of rocket technology — powered by a methane-based based system — it might "enable someone to move to Mars for about $500,000, maybe less. There will be those who can afford to go and those who want to go … if we can achieve that intersection, I think it will happen -- hopefully before I’m dead.”