SpaceX President & COO Gwynne Shotwell says SpaceX needs to put a large unmanned payload on Mars to get people serious about Mars. SpaceX still wants to put people on the surface of Mars by 2032 and hopefully by 2030.
A large unmanned mission would need to be by 2024 or 2026 to hit this schedule for the manned missions. She expects the manned missions would be 5-6 years after the unmanned.
She also said SpaceX would send people to the moon sooner than the humans to Mars.
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