Elon Musk releases details of plan to colonise Mars

in science •  5 months ago

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, has released new details of his vision to colonise parts of the solar system, including Mars, Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus. His gung ho plans – designed to make humans a multi-planetary species in case civilisation collapses – include launching flights to Mars as early as 2023.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/elon-musk-releases-details-of-plan-to-colonise-mars-here-s-what-a-planetary-expert-thinks-a7802761.html

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I would be too shit scared to go to a giant frozen desert, but I'm glad someone is going for us xD

If only he & other squillionaires could focus their intentions & money towards fixing our current planet, then we don't need to move. The earth will naturally reset if we give it half a chance, it's done it many times before. I just don't understand this race for migration to another planet.

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It's about the overall race to get to space and start exploring the universe. Humanity isn't meant to stay on Earth forever :)

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very scientific response.

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Well, i care about Earth and its well-being but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be exploring outside of our little planet :) Plus, a lot of research and development we do for space travel can be applied to areas here on Earth!

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Between Tesla (now including Solar City), his work on Hyperloop, Neuralink, and now The Boring Company he has plenty of projects focused on improving things on Earth. His goal with SpaceX is to make humans an interplanetary species. As long as we are entirely dependent on Earth, the future of the species remains at risk of being wiped out in a major extinction event.

The goal of putting a million people on Mars is hardly a mass migration when compared to the population on Earth though, if anything it is a small step towards establishing a presence somewhere outside of our home planet. On top of all that, it's very likely in the process of making Mars habitable we'll develop new technology to help repair Earth and improve our ability to live sustainably here. SpaceX may not be who accomplishes this in the end (it'll likely be a group effort), but I'm ecstatic that they are working towards it.

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