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Tickets to Mars may be cheaper than you think, SpaceX founder Elon Musk says


A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in in Florida. The company is currently developing rockets for travel to Mars. (John Raoux / AP)

Pack your suitcase and your space suit.

A ticket to Mars via Elon Musk’s SpaceX transportation service may be cheaper than you think if the entrepreneur has it right.

When asked this week on Twitter what the estimated cost for tickets to the moon or Mars would be, the tech titan responded that the price might go as low as under $100,000.

“Very dependent on volume, but I’m confident moving to Mars (return ticket is free) will one day cost less than $500k & maybe even below $100k,” Musk wrote. “Low enough that most people in advanced economies could sell their home on Earth & move to Mars if they want.”

SpaceX is currently working on a rocket called Starship, which it hopes to eventually send to Mars with Earthlings who want to colonize the Red Planet.

The company recently unveiled a reduced-scale version of Starship that will be tested in the Earth's atmosphere later this year.