Will We Hear Elon Musk’s Plans for Colonizing Mars Next Week?

Friday, 23 September 2016 - 8:18PM
SpaceX
Mars
Friday, 23 September 2016 - 8:18PM
Will We Hear Elon Musk’s Plans for Colonizing Mars Next Week?
It's no secret that Elon Musk, billionaire and founder of SpaceX, wants to colonize Mars. He's expressed on a number of different occasions his concerns about the future of the human race and its perceived dependency on taking to the stars and finding new planetary homes. He even has a plan to start a colony in as little as ten years. What that plan entails, however, hasn't quite been articulated as of yet. That might be about to change, though, as Musk is currently scheduled to give a talk about "Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species" at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico in just a few short days.

The program for the IAC event states that the SpaceX founder will "discuss the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. The technical presentation will focus on potential architectures for colonizing the Red Planet that industry, government, and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead." So while it's doubtful that all the specifics of his interplanetary plan will be discussed, it seems that there will be at least a piece of it revealed, and perhaps something significantly more.

Alongside SpaceX, NASA is also working on their own mission to the Red Planet. Their hopes are to launch orbital missions to Mars by 2033, which seems like a rather reasonable goal to set. Musk and SpaceX, on the other hand, hope to already be there by 2026.

Regarding the need to colonize Mars, Musk has said in the past, "Either we spread Earth to other planets, or we risk going extinct. An extinction event is inevitable, and we're increasingly doing ourselves in. The goal is to improve rocket technology and space technology until we can send people to Mars and establish life on Mars." His words certainly match the data, to say the least.

This is definitely an exciting time to be alive. If Musk fulfills his plans within his current timeframe, then man will be on Mars within a decade. That means if things fall into place, Earth will have its first planetary colony in only ten years time.

Musk is scheduled to give his speech on September 27th, 1:30-2:30 p.m. CST. You can watch a live stream of his presentation here.
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