Elon Musk claims Mars colony dreams critical to avoid 'Doomsday' event

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 19, 2017

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has claimed that building a self-sustaining colony on Mars is necessary to our future survival as a species. Musk has said that changes to the plan highlighted in the article are due as well. "I do not have an immediate doomsday prophecy, but eventually, history suggests, there will be some doomsday event". Kerosene can't be made on Mars as we're pretty sure there's no oil up there.

The key in colonizing Mars is getting cost down to make it a feasible endeavor.

The cost of such travel, however, must come into the equation.

Musk estimates that getting 12 people to Mars to start a colony now stands at $10 billion per person but he's hopeful that it can be brought down.

Therefore, Musk wants to eventually reduce the cost to the average price of a house in the USA - roughly $200,000 - but in order to reach this goal and slash the expense by five million percent, a number of steps will need to be taken. Musk feels that a big challenge that scientists and engineers are up against is how to lower the cost per ton of materials transported to Mars by 5 million percent. He is actually aiming to make a trip to Mars cheaper than going to college.

"We are talking about a lift-off thrust of 13,000 tons, so it will be quite tectonic when it takes off", Musk writes.

The rocket will also need to be extremely powerful and far beyond what we have produced so far. He has shared plans about everything - from the cost of transporting humans to the Red Planet and how to make the journey affordable to how many people can be transported at one go without making the journey cramped and the time taken to reach the planet (115 days). The entrepreneur has recently written a paper that details his vision for creating a self-sustaining city on Mars. "Hopefully, we will be able to complete the first development spaceship in maybe about 4 years, and we will start doing suborbital flights with that", Musk writes. "If things go super-well", he adds, it might be possible to try for Mars "in the 10-year timeframe, but I do not want to say that is when it will occur. There is a good chance we will not succeed, but we are going to do our best and try to make as much progress as possible".

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