Space Race to Mars: Boeing CEO Says It Will Land People First

A week after SpaceX's Elon Musk announced his Mars plans, competition emerges.

Last week, Musk outlined his plan to colonize Mars at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, creating a science fiction-like image of a self-sustaining city on Mars and thousands of people going there via SpaceX rockets.

Muilenburg's comments echoed Musks' sentiments on exploring outer space, as he spoke of a near future where humans could easily travel to other planets.

The Boeing CEO mused about his company's vision to make major advances in "space tourism, space industry" and "deep space exploration" in the next century.

"Over the last 100 years, it is remarkable to think that men and women went from walking on the earth to walking on the moon, we went from riding horses to flying on airplanes," Muilenburg said, adding that he thinks the next century of innovation will bring "even greater, even bolder" changes in technology.

Muilenburg predicted that the near future holds innovations in "supersonic, hyper-sonic travel" and "the ability to connect anywhere in the world in a couple of hours."