Elon Musk is Not Shy About His Strategy to Build a Colony on Mars

Published November 21st, 2020 - 08:02 GMT
This file photo taken on September 3, 2020 shows Tesla CEO Elon Musk gesturing as he arrives to visit the construction site of the future US electric car giant Tesla, in Gruenheide near Berlin. The boom in demand for placing small satellites into orbit has boosted interest in small rockets, but industry players do not think the niche will become a business segment of its own. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP
This file photo taken on September 3, 2020 shows Tesla CEO Elon Musk gesturing as he arrives to visit the construction site of the future US electric car giant Tesla, in Gruenheide near Berlin. The boom in demand for placing small satellites into orbit has boosted interest in small rockets, but industry players do not think the niche will become a business segment of its own. Odd ANDERSEN / AFP
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He first revealed the master plan back in 2015 on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, stating that Mars could be made by Earth-like if it were warmer.

Elon Musk has not been shy about his strategy to build a colony on Mars – from sending three Starship rockets a day to constructing a Starlink constellation and now, the billionaire has shared a housing plan.

The SpaceX CEO explained on Twitter that the first Martian city would involve ‘life in glass domes at first,' but the planet would eventually be terraformed – just not in our lifetime.

‘We can establish a human base there in our lifetime. At least a future spacefaring civilization – discovering our ruins – will be impressed humans got that far,’ Musk shared in a tweet.

Musk has previously referred to Mars as a ‘fixer-upper of a planet’ and to terraform the distant world, the CEO has proposed we ‘nuke Mars.’

And after bombs are dropped and Mars is habitable, Musk plans to send one million people to live on Mars - which he says will happen by 2050.

He first revealed the master plan back in 2015 on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, stating that Mars could be made by Earth-like if it were warmer.

Musk explained this could be achieved slowly, as gradual release of greenhouse gases would fill the atmosphere with carbon dioxide - with the help of nuclear bombs. 

These weapons of mass destruction emit large amounts of thermal radiation as visible, infrared and ultraviolet light, known as 'flash' when detonated.

Heat accounts for between 35 and 45 percent of the energy released by the explosion, meaning a massive amount of heat is generated incredibly fast, which could potentially be harnessed to heat up the Martian atmosphere, according to Musk's fledgling theory.

However, his 2015 plan hit a road block when NASA released a study in 2018 that found ‘Mars terraforming is not possible using present-day technology’ – this includes nuclear bombs.

NASA’s statements have not deterred Musk from his path to the Red Planet, which he is now eyeing 2026 for when he plans to send the first crewed Starship rocket.

Once they land on the dusty world, the first settlers will get to work constructing a self-sustaining city.

SpaceX engineer Paul Wooster explained in September 2018 the initial focus of these individuals would be establishing life support systems, enabling surface power, developing habitats and building greenhouses – along with Musk’s glass domes. 

Not only does Musk have a plan for constructing the new world, but he also has an idea of how it should be governed.

In the recent tweet thread, after discussing the glass domes, a user asked the billionaire: ‘What would you say about the Laws you will have on Mars that you don't have on Earth?’

Musk simply replied: ‘Let the Martians decide their own future.’

This statement falls in line with wording in Starlink's beta consumer service term.

Buried in the text is a section titled ‘Governing Laws,’ which states SpaceX will not abide by international laws beyond Earth and the moon, but instead adopt self-governing principles 'established on good faith.’

Musk has taken it upon himself to declare Mars a ‘free planet.’

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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