T-Mobile CEO John Legere wants to send someone to Mars.
Legere on Wednesday offered on Twitter a trip to Mars for one lucky individual, provided that the offer gets more than one million retweets by 11:59 p.m. PT on Oct. 11.
Legere has more than 3 million Twitter followers and the Mars tweet gained more traction than his usually do. It had more than 2,000 retweets and more than 550 favorites as of Wednesday night.
A T-Mobile spokeswoman said "When he [John Legere] hit 3 million – and Elon Musk basically said Mars travel is coming from SpaceX in just a few years for just $200k a person – John thought: "Let's send someone to Mars!"
Both Elon Musk and SpaceX are tagged in the photo of this post.
This announcement comes three years after Mars One, a non profit foundation, sent out an open invitation for adults 18 and older of all nationalities to apply to be a part of its space colonization initiative, and only days after SpaceX CEO Musk and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg announced competing initiatives for landing humans on Mars within the next ten to fifteen years.
Musk himself anticipates a SpaceX landing in 2024 or 2025. However, the fine print of the competition entry states that "in the case that a trip to Mars is not commercially available, Prize Winner will receive the ARV in the form of a check." The ARV of the grand prize trip to Mars is $200,000.
However, it is currently unclear whether the "trip voucher" will be valid beyond Musk's estimated date if a commercial flight to Mars is not available by then. The winner can receive a cash amount instead of the trip if they choose.
If the tweet is not retweeted a million times, users still have a chance to win a prize. If it does not reach 1 million retweets, other prizes range from an $800 airline credit for a flight to any location in the United States to a zero gravity experience, estimated at $5,500 in resale value.