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03/23/2012 04:00 pm ET

Mars Tourism On Commercial Spacecraft Could Happen Within 30 Years

Where would you rather go, Disneyland or Mars?

No doubt a visit to the magic kingdom would be great, but for a little more cash, an eccentric billionaire predicts, you'll be able to visit the red planet.

CBC News reports that SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who also created PayPal, believes commercial flights to Mars will be a reality within 30 years.

“We will probably unveil the overall strategy later this year in a little more detail, but I’m quite confident that it could work and that ultimately we could offer a round trip to Mars that the average person could afford – let’s say the average person after they’ve made some savings,” Musk said.

Musk thinks booking a flight to Mars will cost about $500,000.

That's downright reasonable since, as Gamma Squad points out, "you could visit the actual Mars for the same amount as Disney spent on 20-seconds of John Carter.

It's exciting to think that, within our life times, vacations to the red planet could become more than just an April Fool's joke.

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