SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is known for his goal of wanting to send a crewed mission to the red planet by 2024. But Neil DeGrasse Tyson told CNBC that countries are better suited to incur the massive costs and risks of exploring Mars first.
"People are thinking, especially the press are thinking, he is going to be the first to go to Mars," Tyson told CNBC's "Squawk Box." "And that as an exercise for a business to conduct doesn't have any obvious return on investment."
In the past, countries have been typically the first to make the most ambitious plans for space exploration, since they do not have the same pressure to make returns on their investment in the short term. NASA has its own goal of sending humans to Mars by the 2030s.