Elon Musk Published His Plans For Colonising Mars
(Science Alert) Unless you’ve been living on, well, Mars, you probably know that super billionaire Elon Musk wants to put a million people on the Red Planet sometime in the near future, for less than US$200,000 a head.
Last September, he explained how he’d aim to do this. Now you can read the fine-print yourself, because Musk has published the details online for all of us to read.
Between solving traffic congestion through digging tunnels under cities, proposing futuristic human-computer interfaces, and solving national power problems, Musk wants to lay the groundwork for getting us off this planet one day.
Because what else would you do if you were a billionaire 17 times over?
From what we know from a Q&A with Musk on Reddit last October, this plan to get a million people onto Mars some time in the next century had four crucial chapters; scout out the terrain, drop off a fuel-production factory, send a few pioneers, and then send a bunch more.
Sounds simple, right? Of course, the devil is in the detail, which you can now read and judge for yourself as a commentary in New Space, titled “Making Humanity a Multi-Planetary Species.”
According to Scott Hubbard, New Space’s editor-in-chief:
“In my view, publishing this paper provides not only an opportunity for the spacefaring community to read the SpaceX vision in print with all the charts in context, but also serves as a valuable archival reference for future studies and planning.”
Musk’s 15 page commentary explains why Mars is his first choice in space destination.