Got two-hundred-thousand dollars to blow and five months to kill? In two years that could be all it takes to get you to Mars. Elon Musk has a vision to colonize mars within the next decade, eventually making humanity a “multi-planetary species” and he has no plans to slow down.
On Tuesday, at the 67th annual International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, Musk outlined his detailed strategy for space colonization at an event with SpaceX, his private spaceflight company.
“Someday soon, there will be an extinction event on Earth,” Musk said, “the alternative is to become a spacefaring species.”
This incentive involves a bunch of new technology, like for example, enormous, reusable rockets, carbon fibre fuel tanks, and ultra-powered engines. Oh, and one more thing, spaceships that are able to carry more than a hundred passengers on board to Mars. However, this is nothing compared to his plans for once humans have arrived on the red planet. Musk mentioned that he wants to make Mars livable for humans without a spacesuit – you know, like, defy the laws of physics.
His plan? SpaceX is planning to launch a mission to Mars every 26 months (when Earth and Mars align), beginning in the year 2018. In the end, he is aspiring to take one million people to Mars, in a total of 10,000 trips throughout 40 to 100 years.
Currently, a trip to Mars with present technology would cost about $10 billion per person, but Musk wants to change that, aiming to price the trip to roughly $200,000 a ticket. Start saving.
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