So are tech company CEO’s trash talking now about space exploration? It appears so as Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg made a public statement that a Boeing rocket will beat SpaceX to Mars. Elon Musk fired back at Boeing with, “Do it!”

Musk has made it clear that sending humans to Mars is one of his primary goals, even saying it is the reason he started SpaceX in the first place.

But Boeing is in the final assembly stages of building a rocket called the Space Launch System with NASA, and the company will be the first to bring humans to the red planet, Muilenberg told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer in an exclusive interview.

Boeing expects to have the system ready for a test flight in 2019.

“Eventually we are going to go to Mars, and I firmly believe that the first person that sets foot on Mars will get there in a Boeing rocket,” he said. – CNBC


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