According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, colonizing Mars will not be for the faint of heart.
“It is very important to emphasize that life on Mars, especially in the beginning, will not be a luxury,” Musk said in a recent interview. “It will be very dangerous, cramped, difficult, difficult.”
The billionaire even compared his recruiting efforts to Mars to an advertisement from the 1900s about an expedition to the South Pole with explorer Ernest Shackleton. That ad appeals to men willing to take a “dangerous journey” and says a safe return is “questionable”.
Musk said: “The current pitch for going to Mars is: ‘It’s dangerous, it’s cramped. You may not come back. Very difficult, extremely difficult’.”
And obviously living on Mars, a planet with an average temperature of -80 degrees Fahrenheit, will be much more difficult than living in Antarctica, an area with an average temperature of -70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mars has a rocky surface, with many volcanoes and canyons. The planet also has one-third the gravity of Earth and a thinner atmosphere, making it impossible for humans to breathe properly. Without equipment, a person would die within minutes on this planet due to Mars’ low atmospheric pressure.
And Musk wants to build a fully functional city on Mars. In 2019, the billionaire estimates it will take a million tons of goods to build a self-sustaining city on the planet, and this will be a process that will cost between $100 billion and $10 trillion. USD, as estimated by the CEO of SpaceX.
And he also hopes that Mars settlers will have the opportunity to “rethink social issues.” Because Musk said: “Human civilization can end for external reasons like giant meteors, supervolcanoes, extreme climate change or third world war, or you know, any number of reasons. any.”
The world’s richest man also said that SpaceX will determine a future ticket price for a trip to Mars that is relatively affordable for most people, with a hypothetical figure of $ 100,000.
Even so, he predicts he will be “dead long” before his dream can come true.
In 2020, Musk said he hopes to build a fleet of 1,000 Starships within 10 years, and plans to send 1 million people to Mars by 2050. He also said that the first humans to set foot on Mars could have possible in 2029.
“Success isn’t guaranteed, but it’s certainly exciting.” Musk said.