Elon Musk is the visionary billionaire behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX. He talked a lot of times about going to the Red Planet and colonizing it.
You’re probably aware by now that there’s a planned cargo mission to Mars for 2022, and it’s also been revealed that SpaceX’s Starship. Also, the Superheavy hardware is on track to fulfill Musk’s notion of an Interplanetary Transportation System.
This would allow humans to become a multi-planet species in the new decade.
Issues regarding space travel and living off-Earth seem to be solidifying sooner than later. It’s been also reported by Syfy that a new Starship prototype could launch before the end of March.
Building a city on Mars
Musk unveiled a really ambitious goal on his social media account. He wants to build a city of 1 million people on Mars by 2050.
He posted that the “Starship design goal is 3 flights/day avg rate, so ~1000 flights/year at >100 tons/flight, so every 10 ships yield 1 megaton per year to orbit.”
He continued and explained that “Building 100 Starships/year gets to 1000 in 10 years or 100 megatons/year or maybe around 100k people per Earth-Mars orbital sync.”
That’s the goal
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 17, 2020
Musk also made sure to remind people that all this will require a multitude of jobs as ways to pay off the expensive one-way ticket to Mars.
A lot of people seemed really enthusiastic after reading Musk’s ideas and they made sure to tell this to him in the comments section on Twitter.
The Red Planet made headlines just a few days ago when it was revealed that it’s losing water faster than expected.
The Red Planet is cold and dry, but the winding river valleys and dry lake beds are suggesting the fact that water covered a lot of the planet’s surface billions of years ago.
What remains of the water on Mars is mostly locked frozen in the planet’s polar ice caps, which possess less than 10% than the water than had flowed there once.