Musk Wants to Put a Million People on Mars
Elon Musk wants to put one million on Mars within a century. That was just one of the audacious announcements from the Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) and SpaceX CEO made in a September 27 speech in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Musk also unveiled what he calls his train to Mars the Interplanetary Transport System, National Geographic reported. The system will be launched into space on a rocket that will be 3.5 times more powerful than NASA’s Saturn V, the craft that took men to the men.
The rocket will carry a crew capsule into orbit that will link up with a booster and fuel tank for the run to Mars. Musk envisions that the Transporter will make the trip to Mars every 26 months or so when Earth and the Red Planet are close together. Everything will be reusable which Musk believes is the key to the system.
The first few trips will be to deliver supplies and set up a fuel dump for the rockets. The earliest settlers will spend their time mining ice in order to harvest it for fuel and water. The idea is to lay the foundations for a colony not stage a massive publicity stunt like the Apollo program.
Musk raises Lots of Questions Provides no Answers
Musk’s Mars plans raise lots of questions but he provides few answers. Some obvious unanswered questions raised by his scheme include:
- What will the colonists eat? The settlers will have to grow food but Musk provides no plans for doing so. Perhaps they would build greenhouses.
- How will the Mars economy work? Obviously a successful colony will have to pay for itself. The colonists will have to create a working economy and industries. The most likely way for a Mars colony to succeed would be to export something back to earth what would that be? The first logical exports would be precious metals like gold, the price of which fluctuates dramatically which would make economic stability difficult.
- Who will run Mars? Would Musk’s Mars colony be an independent state or nation; or a colony of a country on Earth such as the United States? Would it be it administered by the United Nations, or a government like America’s?
- A related question is what sort of government would the colonists have? Would they elect leaders; or would there be a colonial governor, and if so who would appoint that person?
- Is it legal? Gizmodo writer Maddie Stone pointed out that Musk’s scheme might be illegal under both U.S. law and international treaties. New laws and treaties will have to be written to govern Musk’s plans.
- Who owns Mars? An even more important question is who would own Mars? Would settlers have the right to claim it; or would Musk or the investors in his venture own the Red Planet, or land there? This question might become vital if valuable minerals are found on Mars, or if real estate developers set up shop there. How would settlers be able to claim land if there is government to grant title to it?
Elon Musk may not have intended but he might be creating a legal and ethical nightmare. Perhaps one of the first settlers on Mars should be a lawyer, one might be necessary given the scope of his plans.https://geekcrunch.reviews/musk-wants-put-million-people-mars/https://i0.wp.com/geekcrunch.reviews/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/elon-musk-mission-to-mars.jpg?fit=623%2C444&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/geekcrunch.reviews/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/elon-musk-mission-to-mars.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1ScienceElon Musk,Interplanetary Transport System,Mars,Mars Colony,Mars Economy,Musk,Musk raises Lots of Questions Provides no Answers,SpaceX,Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA),Who owns MarsElon Musk wants to put one million on Mars within a century. That was just one of the audacious announcements from the Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) and SpaceX CEO made in a September 27 speech in Guadalajara, Mexico. Musk also unveiled what he calls his train to Mars the Interplanetary Transport...Daniel JenningsDaniel Jennings[email protected]AuthorGeek Crunch Reviews