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Elon Musk has recently unveiled his ambitious yet amazing plan to colonize Mars and further, to save humanity. The modern day Tony Stark—which is surprisingly only the 83rd wealthiest person in the world—has called on investors with deep pockets and interests in space exploration to help him reach this goal. At the 67th annual International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, the visionary shared his fantasy to build a complete Interplanetary Transport System that will ferry people to and from Mars for a measly $200,000. That’s a huge drop from the $10 billion estimate right now to send a single person to Mars; but if there’s anyone who can make this audacious plan a reality it would be the CEO of Tesla Motors himself.
Currently, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has enjoyed a successful record of sending satellites into orbit. Recently however, around last month, the company had come under fire from no less than Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself for destroying the social media company’s satellite. As reported in the news, SpaceX Falcon 9 had been carrying Facebook’s satellite which was imperative to furthering the social media network’s mission to connect millions of people around the world to the Internet. Falcon 9 had an admirable record of two dozen successful blastoffs and a single launch failure.
As for Elon Musk’s plans for Mars, the engineer himself had said that plans for it could start as early as 2022, a mere six years from now. With an Interplanetary Transport System fully operational, he envisions the human race to become a space-faring civilization and a multi-planetary species as well. To the same crowd in Guadalajara, Mexico, he shared that as many as 100 people could fit SpaceX vehicles, and that the journey to Mars should roughly take about three months. By his estimate, a million people could inhabit Mars by 2060.
Reception for Elon Musk’s Mars colonization plan has mostly been positive, rousing even the most conservative of astronautical experts to fantasize what the future might hold for the human race. While right now it’s still hard to imagine what a self-sufficient city might be like in some place other than Earth, one only need to follow Elon Musk to expand his or her mind.
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