If you were told today that you would be able to go settle on Mars, you’d probably laugh it off but Elon Musk seems to think otherwise. Elon Musk, the billionaire, the tech-preneur and the ‘Tony Stark’ of the real world, is taking things pretty seriously and wants to put as many as 1 million humans on Mars in the coming decade. Many people dismissed the claim as ‘only to generate publicity and some more funds’, but possible or not it truly is something we humans will ponder about.
When speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico, Elon Musk expressed his plans and the latest updates on the preparation.
“What I really want to do here is to make Mars seem possible – make it seem as though it’s something that we could do in our lifetimes, and that you can go,” Musk said in his presentation. The speech was exceptionally inspiring and well-thought out. It definitely motivated a number of attendees and it seems now that Mars is genuinely within reach.
The graphic video was very well made and showed the journey to Mars. It will use gigantic reusable rockets which will propel the spaceship, carrying humans, into space. Once it reaches the space the rocket will detach and return to earth. Here, the rocket will be attached a fuel tank and the rocket will again take off to space. In space, it will help refueling of the spaceship carrying humans. Once this too has been done, the tanker will return back to earth for further uses while the Spaceship will depart to Mars. This spaceship will land on Mars. But that’s not all, the spaceship will return back for further journeys. Musk wants to hold on dearly to Mars. He plans to colonize it which he thinks will take 20 years or so.
The journey will be arranged every two years (26 months to be exact) when Earth and Mars come closest to each other.
It is not the first time Musk has made such tall claims and even before many he has failed in his claims many times but he has succeeded too. SpaceX has actually gone from one triumph to another. Over the years they have launched and successfully landed them back with precision. Just weeks before his speech at the International Astronautical Congress, an unmanned rocket exploded mid-air and failed but Musk seems ever confident.
The Guardian has made claims that Elon Musk’s Fail-Fast approach is purely intentional as he wants to learn and win fast. His claim of reaching Mars in his lifetime seems to be an indication of the same.
With all good things the only main hurdle in sending people to Mars, as Musk pointed out, is the cost involved. Currently, the trip to Mars is estimated to cost around $10 billion per person. Musk is thinking of cutting the cost down to around $200,000 which he thinks is viable. Musk says the money will be coming from a Public-Private Partnership which he expects to snowball into something huge.
Whether or not we see such a miraculous astronautical success in our lifetime but it seems this is a step in the right direction. Someone somewhere has to start something to focus everyone attention towards a long lost dream and Elon Musk is the one pulling the strings to reach Mars as soon as possible. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Elon himself is one of the first 100 passengers to visit Mars.