by David Grasso, GenFKD
The Willy Wonka of Space travel, Elon Musk, laid out his plans for Mars colonization in his presentation “Making Humans a Multi Planetary Species,” at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.
SpaceX intends to recruit many people to build a city on Mars’ surface after a lengthy journey, approximated at 80 days. Getting humans to Mars isn’t an easy task, and Musk admitted that the risk of death for those lucky travelers who decide to take the journey is extremely high.
We’re going to Mars?
Technologically, the specifics of the mission are pretty abstract to anyone who isn’t crazy smart. Basically, the fuel for the journey will be delivered to a space ship through several rocket launches. Amazingly, the return trip will allegedly be powered by fuel that will be made with martian elements.
And it’s not just about traveling to and from Mars — Mister Musk envisions a city of over one million people on Mars. If you’re still thirsty for more information, The Verge does a pretty good job explaining Musk’s vaulting ambitions in a video that can be seen here.
If getting there isn’t hard enough, there’s the stark reality that Mars isn’t exactly fit for human habitation. The average temperature is far into negative territory (Google says it’s -67 degrees, yikes!) Then there’s the small fact that the atmosphere is not, you know, breathable, and you would need a space suit to wander outdoors.