Elon Musk at SXSW:
Musk explained that he would like to take part in a Mars mission — and even stay there — assuming that his companies could survive without him. Indeed, he noted that he’s long said he wouldn’t necessarily expect to return to Earth after such a mission. But he would want to know that the rocket technology was good enough to get him there safely. “I’ve said I want to die on Mars,” he said. “Just not on impact.”
More people with this attitude and we might get out of low earth orbit once more.