Elon Musk says SpaceX will land cargo ships on Mars in 2022

Posted at 6:07 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 06:07:01-04

(CNN) - A technology tycoon is aiming for the red planet.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he wants to land cargo ships on Mars in 2022.

That's only five years away.

Musk made that announcement in Australia Friday.

He said that his aerospace company aims to land at least two vessels on the planet.

He also said the company will put systems in place on Mars to support future flights and hopefully, colonization.

During his presentation at the International Astronautical Congress, Musk described the goal as "aspirational."

As for how SpaceX will pay for these costly missions, Musk said they've already figured it out.

He shied away from giving specific numbers.

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