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Space oddity: Undeterred by Falcon 9 explosion, Elon Musk plans to travel “well beyond” Mars by 2018

Telsa CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is nothing if not ambitious, that goes without saying — what surprises even his biggest boosters, however, is how he’s spent the better part of 2016 becoming noticeably more so.

In April, he announced plans to arrive on and colonize Mars by 2018, six years ahead of schedule. on Monday, Musk — despite the spectacular and still inexplicable June 28th prelaunch explosion of the Falcon 9 rocket — the Tesla co-founder declared that he would press on, not merely colonizing Mars but traveling “well beyond” the Red Planet.

Many believed the Falcon 9 explosion would slow Musk’s roll, but on Monday he claimed that with the improvements spurred on by Falcon 9, it turns out the [Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT)] can go well beyond Mars, so will need a new name”:

Musk teased also tweeted a slightly less serious image of the interplanetary transport system on September 17th:

Watch footage of the real explosion of the Falcon 9 rocket, courtesy of The Daily Mail: