SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk stated that his team will be able to land humans on Mars between the years 2026 and 2028. This will be almost ten years earlier than NASA said that they will do it. However, SpaceX still has challenges that it will have to over come before sending people to the Red Planet. 1. they will have design and manufacture a Booster, capable of handling a human mission to Mars. They do have some competition though. Mars 1, a dutch company intends on using a heavy rocket to launch people to the Red Planet also.