Elon Musk: Tesla Came Within 'Single Digit Weeks' from Dying This Year

Elon Musk

Elon Musk"Your probability of dying on Mars is much higher than on Earth

"I'm talking about moving there", he added.

"It's gonna be hard", he continued.

Musk's comments come as a surprise because while questions swirled earlier this year regarding whether Tesla needed to arrange a capital raise, there were scarce predictions that the company would fail outright. "Now, does that sound like an escape hatch for rich people?" Musk announced last week that the company has renamed its massive Mars vessel the Starship (it was previously dubbed the Big Falcon Rocket).

Meanwhile on Mars, Nasa's first robotic lander created to study the deep interior of the planet is due to touchdown on Monday after a six-month voyage through space.

As for why he'd want to go, knowing the hardships that are likely to come for anyone who makes the journey, Musk compared a Mars trip to scaling Everest.

Traveling 301 million miles (548m km) from Earth, the Mars InSight spacecraft was due to reach its destination on the dusty, rock-strewn surface of the Red Planet at about 8pm United Kingdom time. "So, you know, not much time for leisure", he said.

Musk, who on April Fools' Day took to Twitter to joke about the automaker going "completely and totally bankrupt", said that he devoted all of his time to helping right the ship and pull Tesla back from the brink. "Once you get there, even after doing all this, there's a very harsh environment so there's a good chance you die there".

"The company was bleeding money like insane, and if we didn't solve these problems in a very short period of time, we would die", Musk, who has been known to sometimes sleep at his factory, said in the interview. "They still like doing it for the challenge".

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Musk is featured alongside Christian evangelist Franklin Graham and Microsoft founder and advocate Bill Gates in the fourth installment of Axios' limited documentary series.

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