SpaceX founder Elon Musk has revealed an ambitious plan to establish a human colony on Mars in the coming years. On Sunday, Musk announced via social media that he intends to transport a million people to the Red Planet, stating that “civilization only passes the Great Filter of a single planet when Mars can survive even if supply ships to Earth “They stop coming.”
His comments came in response to a post about the capabilities of SpaceX’s Starship rocket, which Musk says will be critical to achieving his Mars goals. “One day, a trip to Mars will be like a cross-country flight,” he tweeted.
Musk’s lofty Martian dreams are nothing new. The technology mogul has long expressed his intention to make humanity “multiplanetary,” often citing a human settlement on Mars as an insurance policy for civilization. However, his recent statements suggest that SpaceX is working aggressively to turn this vision into reality in the coming years.
Last week, Musk predicted that Starship could reach the Moon in five years. He also noted that SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule will take astronauts into space further than anyone has ventured in more than 50 years. While ambitious, Musk recognizes that establishing a self-sustaining civilization on Mars will require enormous effort and innovation.
He also previously talked about plans to build a permanent lunar base in the future. “Humanity should have a moon base, cities on Mars and be among the stars,” Musk tweeted in December.
Although Musk is known for his aspirational timelines, his companies have achieved major milestones that were previously considered unlikely, such as reusable orbital rockets. Still, the vision for Mars faces enormous technical challenges.
A recent Starship test flight ended in an explosive accident, showing that progress remains slow. Musk hopes this year’s third test will finally reach orbit, demonstrating the vehicle’s capabilities.
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First uploaded on: 12/02/2024 at 12:41 IST