To infinity and beyond! Leonardo DiCaprio 'reveals he's planning a trip to Mars' during climate change talk

He's traversed the sea, fought through the brutal terrain of the Wild West and survived exploring the human psyche.

But it seems that Leonardo DiCaprio now has his sights set on the final frontier. Space.

Speaking at the South By South Lawn talk at the White House on Monday, the 41-year-old actor let slip that he had signed up for a shuttle trip to Mars. 

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Betting it all on Red? It seems that Leonardo DiCaprio now has his sights set on the final frontier. Space

Betting it all on Red? It seems that Leonardo DiCaprio now has his sights set on the final frontier. Space

Interviewing President Barack Obama and climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about the issues of climate change Leonardo let slip that he'd signed up for a mission to the red planet.

As the trio discussed the effect of climate change on planet Earth, the talk took an unexpected turn when Dr. Hayhoe made a quip about a mission to Mars.

Referencing the off-world colony projects being championed by the likes of Elon Musk, the Canadian scientist quipped:

'If you're a human living on this planet - which most of us are, yeah? As long as we haven't signed up for the trip to Mars - I don't want to know if anyone has - I think you're crazy.'

To which the Oscar-winning actor responded: 'I did.'

His future? Speaking  at the White House on Monday, the actor, 41, let slip that he had signed up for a shuttle trip to Mars (something famously depicted in Matt Damon's The Martian)

His future? Speaking at the White House on Monday, the actor, 41, let slip that he had signed up for a shuttle trip to Mars (something famously depicted in Matt Damon's The Martian)

Interviewing President Barack Obama and climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about the issues of climate change Leonardo let slip that he'd signed up for a mission to the red planet

Interviewing President Barack Obama and climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe about the issues of climate change Leonardo let slip that he'd signed up for a mission to the red planet

The President showed off his winning sense of humour by adding: 'I did,' before Obama added: 'I think he'll acknowledge he's crazy.' 

It's unclear whether the Hollywood star was joking about the trip to Mars, but if he wasn't it's quite possible he'll be blasting off to the red planet in a few years. 

The 45-year-old billionaire inventor Elon Musk is currently focusing his efforts on the Space X programme - which he has set up to bring space travel to the wider public.

He did! As they discussed the effect of climate change, the talk took an unexpected turn when Dr. Hayhoe made a quip about a mission to Mars - to which Leo said he'd signed up

He did! As they discussed the effect of climate change, the talk took an unexpected turn when Dr. Hayhoe made a quip about a mission to Mars - to which Leo said he'd signed up

Not quiet Hollywood: It's unclear whether the Hollywood star was joking about the trip to Mars, but if he wasn't it's quite possible he'll be blasting off to the red planet in a few years 

Not quiet Hollywood: It's unclear whether the Hollywood star was joking about the trip to Mars, but if he wasn't it's quite possible he'll be blasting off to the red planet in a few years 

Leo's new friend: The 45-year-old billionaire Elon Musk is currently focusing his efforts on the Space X programme - which he has set up to bring space travel to the wider public

Leo's new friend: The 45-year-old billionaire Elon Musk is currently focusing his efforts on the Space X programme - which he has set up to bring space travel to the wider public

Musk hopes to use Space X to create a colony on Mars, and pioneer a reusable fleet of spacecraft to ferry people back and forth to the red planet.

Bloomberg reports Elon told a conference on aerospace: 'The goal of SpaceX really is to build the transport system. It’s like building the Union Pacific railroad [a freight hauling railroad that operates in 23].'

Matt Damon famously portrayed Mark Watney an astronaut left behind on Mars by his crewmates in the 2015 thriller, The Martian.

The role saw Matt go up against Leonardo for the Best Actor gong which DiCaprio eventually nabbed for his performance in The Revenant. 

A role of a lifetime? Matt Damon famously portrayed Mark Watney an astronaut left behind on Mars by his crewmates in the 2015 thriller, The Martian

A role of a lifetime? Matt Damon famously portrayed Mark Watney an astronaut left behind on Mars by his crewmates in the 2015 thriller, The Martian

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