Boeing CEO: We're Going to Beat Elon Musk to Mars

Working on NASA's Space Launch System

Working on NASA's Space Launch System

SpaceX confirmed Wednesday its CEO Elon Musk plans to blast his cherry red electric auto off toward the Red Planet when the company's Falcon Heavy rocket launches for the first time next month.

This is not the first time Muilenburg has challenged Musk's plans to initiate human travel to Mars.

Speaking to CNBC's Jim Cramer on Thursday morning, Muilenburg furthered his claim that Boeing will send the first human to Mar using a "next generation rocket" that its building with NASA.

"Eventually we're going to go Mars and I firmly believe the first person that sets foot on Mars will get there on a Boeing rocket", Muilenburg responded. At a tech conference past year in Chicago, Muilenburg echoed a almost identical sentiment. "I'm convinced that the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding on a Boeing rocket", said Muilenburg, according to Bloomberg. The 36-story-tall mega rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral on its first test flight in 2019, but the program has experienced multiple funding and production delays. Boeing and SpaceX were awarded contracts in 2014 to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

While Space Launch Complex 40 was being repaired, SpaceX moved its Falcon 9 launches to the historic 39A pad at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where Neil Armstrong left from before landing on the moon in 1969.

The Boeing Starliner and SpaceX's Dragon capsule could begin launching crew from the Space Coast by the end of 2018.

Additional successes by SpaceX in the construction of carbon fiber liquid oxygen tanks to be used in the company's "Mars engine", further validates the company's push to fulfill Musk's plans to build a civilization on Mars.

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