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This May 12, 2016 image provided by NASA shows the planet Mars. On Sunday, May 22, 2016, the sun and Mars will be on exact opposite sides of Earth. (NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team - STScI/AURA, J. Bell - ASU, M. Wolff - Space Science Institute via AP)

The race to Mars is on. And Boeing's CEO said he's determined to beat Elon Musk to it.


The race to Mars in underway and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg says his company has its sights set on beating Elon Musk's SpaceX to the Red Planet. 

"I'm convinced that the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding on a Boeing rocket," Muilenburg said at an innovation conference in Chicago. 

Muilenburg's comments come just one week after Musk announced his plans to colonize Mars. Musk said he would like to get humans to the Red Planet by 2024 and have the spacecraft touch down by 2025, according to CNN

Muilenburg made it clear that he believes Boeing can make it happen, and that Musk may miss his intended deadlines. 

In the past, the SpaceX CEO has admitted that he tends to be overly optimistic when setting deadlines for his company.

"I'm not the best at this sort of thing," Musk said in a meeting in Mexico last week. 

Boeing is working to developing a rocket for NASA known as the Space Launch System. 

NASA plans to use the rocket to get to Mars by the 2030s, according to CNN.

Musk is aiming to achieve his goal within the next 10 years, however, SpaceX suffered a setback on Sept. 1, when one of its rockets was destroyed in an explosion. 

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