Looks like mankind’s dream to inhabit another planet is just six years away from becoming a reality. The brainchild of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, said on Tuesday that SpaceX is in the process of creating a massive rocket and capsule capable of transporting large numbers of people and cargo to Mars. Musk’s plan? Simply to colonize the Red Planet.
“What I really want to try to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible–like it’s something we can achieve in our lifetimes,” Musk explained during his keynote speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Tuesday.
According to Dezeen, the first passengers would be taken to the Red Planet on SpaceX’s Mars Vehicle. The said vehicle is a combination of a spaceship and a reusable rocket booster.
“One is that we stay on Earth forever and then there will be an inevitable extinction event. The alternative is to become a spacefaring civilization and a multi-planetary species.”
Automotive News reported that although Musk envisions a large colony to inhabit Mars, he added that one key issue would be the cost to attract willing volunteers. In other words, there is no guarantee with the amount of people willing to take the ride.
“You can’t create a self-sustaining civilization if the ticket price is $10 billion per person,” said Musk. “Our goal is to get it roughly equivalent to (the) cost of a medium house in the United States, about $200,000.”
The billionaire Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 with a master-plan of reducing space travel costs and eventually inhabit or colonize Mars. Backtrack to 2013, over 200,000 volunteers applied for a one-way ticket to join a Mars journey for a possible settlement.
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