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Elon Musk answers cryptic tweet and hints at possible 2029 crewed Mars mission

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Mar 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-17 22:31:24-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is at it again with his brand of hype after answering a mysterious message on Twitter regarding a possible crewed mission to Mars.

The Tesla founder and SpaceX head replied to a tweeted message on Monday which had a photo of the Moon landing with "1969" overlaid on that portion of the photo, and at the bottom, an artistic interpretation of men on Mars with "20_ _?"

For days after the tweeted image, he didn't answer, but a couple of days later he left the Twitter account @SpaceHub_SL's followers intrigued when he replied to the tweet with "2029," seeming to hype up the year as a hint to a possible Musk-involved mission to the red planet.

As NPR reported, Musk has had a long fascination with Mars, and in 2016 he announced he wanted to build a rocket that would be capable of flying a human crew to the planet, with the mission being to try and support a permanent settlement there.

He told an audience in Mexico, "It's something we can do in our lifetimes." Going on to say, "You could go."