The name Elon Musk is well-known across the world. He is an entrepreneur and businessman with vision and someone who makes things happen. He was born in South Africa and is currently living in Los Angeles. He has many companies and was part of founding several successful companies and enterprises. Familiar names linked to Elon Musk include SpaceX, PayPal, Tesla, and Neuralink. Musk is ambitious and dead set on reaching the goals he sets.
In 2002, Elon Musk founded SpaceX. He started this venture when he realized the cost of building rockets to travel space is outrageous. He realized that he would be able to build rockets for a lot less and make travelling to space, the International Space Station and even Mars a much less expensive option. SpaceX was founded with two main goals: to make rocket building cheaper and to put humans on Mars.
Plans to Colonize Mars
Musk believes that the human race will become a spacefaring people that will discover other planets and become interplanetary. He says that this is the only way to prevent us from going extinct. If we do not find alternative fuel sources and other planets to live on, we will like go extinct because of some nuclear weapon event or the final disastrous effects of climate change. Or something along those lines.
Musk says he has a great sense of adventure and wants to put people on Mars by the mid-2020s. There is still a lot of technology to get in place and a lot of studies about the effects of living in space on the human body that must be completed. However, researchers have been conducting studies and gathering data for many years and should be able to get the first team ready for Mars within the next decade.
Musk revealed his plans to colonize Mars in 2016. His timelines are very ambitious, but at least he knows that.
How Will it Happen?
As the technology develops and strategies change, the plan changes. The rockets get smaller and the ambitions go higher. Basically, what SpaceX plans to do is send a big reusable rocket into space as a thruster for a smaller rocket carrying humans. The rocket will return to Earth while the human-carrying craft will orbit Earth. This system will be used to carry fuel and supplies to Mars and also get the necessary parts for a habitat on Mars on the surface. The human-carrying crafts will orbit until Mars and Earth are at the closest distance from each other and then the human colony of Mars will descend.
This is the basic idea. Obviously, there is a lot more to it, but that will require some serious understanding of space, math, and other things that make our brains hurt. Elon Musk has very ambitious timelines for these adventures and is aiming to launch the first mission to Mars in 5 years and send the first humans to Mars in 7 years.
Building Cheaper and Reusable Rockets
Part of the purpose of SpaceX is designing and building rockets that cost less than the ones currently in existence. If they can build rockets cheaper and make them reusable, it will solve a very big finance issue. Space travel will become more possible and every trip won’t have to cost a small country’s economy. With reusable rockets, many opportunities arise that we have never before had.
What Will the Future Hold?
The future holds the colonization of Mars. With SpaceX’s reusable and cheaper rockets, settling a human colony on Mars will be easier. This will take several more decades to become a reality, but it is definitely in the cards for the human race. We will become interplanetary and we will have relatives and friends living on different planets across the solar system. We will basically be living the future as depicted in so many space movies over the last few decades.
This is a very exciting prospect and when you learn more about the plans set out by NASA and Elon Musk for Mars missions, you cannot help but feel a sense of adventure and expectation. Hopefully, the problem with communications will also be resolved before we get to live on Mars permanently. That would just make everything easier and reduce all the psychological effects that living in isolation may have.
What do you think about all these plans to colonize Mars and make humans a space-travelling race? Do you think it will happen? Would you like to be one of the people to try this? We would love to hear your opinions.