Tuesday, August 16

Elon Musk’s optimism about the arrival of humans on the red planet: “I would be surprised if we don’t land on Mars in five years”

Imagine a future in which humanity has become a space civilization. Interplanetary manned travel would no longer be movie dreams. And by then we would have already managed to establish self-sustaining colonies on Mars. This is not a science fiction story, but a set of ideas drawn from the latest statements by tycoon Elon Musk.

In general, the projects of the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX are tremendously ambitious, but when it comes to space exploration, their ideas fly very high (and pun intended). “I’d be surprised if we don’t land on Mars in five yearsElon Musk said earlier this week in a interview with Time magazineAlthough this may be overly optimistic considering that we have not returned to the Moon since 1972 and the return mission has been postponed until at least 2025.

Path to an interplanetary humanity

“The general objective is to make life multiplanetary and allow humanity to become a space civilization“Said Elon Musk, who believes that SpaceX will help make this idea a reality. Likewise, the businessman considers that Mars is the candidate planet to become the new home of humanity in case the Earth becomes an uninhabitable place.

Elon Musk seeks to develop a large settlement on the red planet. “The next big thing is to build a self-sufficient city on Mars and bring the animals and creatures of the Earth thereThis would be, in the words of the magician, a kind of “futuristic Noah’s ark” that would house more than two specimens of each species because it would be “a bit strange if there are only two.”

However, space experts have conflicting positions. While space policy expert Greg Autry told Business Insider that Elon Musk probably won’t reach Mars until minus 2029, Professor Serkan Saydam of UNSW Sydney told SciTechDaily that a establishing a settlement on the red planet would be feasible between 2040 and 2050.

A Voyage to Boron from Starship

Starship 2

Elon Musk’s promises aren’t always kept. In fact, he himself considers that the precision to provide dates is not his strong suit, but there is no doubt that he is capable of developing projects of such magnitude that many would bet on failure. With SpaceX, for example, is succeeding in rewriting the standards of aerospace transportation.

Starship is the hub of the dream to colonize Elon Musk’s Mars. It is a fully reusable space transportation system and is on its way to becoming the most powerful launch vehicle in the world. This project has been struggling lately, and in fact Musk suggested that they had to “step on the gas” to fix the problems with their Raptor engines or else SpaceX would risk bankruptcy.

Starship could carry astronauts and cargo from Earth to the Moon or Mars, although the first destination, for obvious reasons, will be Earth’s natural satellite. “I think we can go around the moon in 2023“, the CEO of SpaceX tells Time, adding that they could land on its surface in three years.

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