Even though no human has ever set foot on Mars yet, big thinkers are already designing habitats for this stranded planet for people to inhabit. Elon Musk is one of them. The successful young entrepreneur revealed his plans for an autonomous Martian city. Unfortunately, he was not generous in details, yet he focused more on challenges that humanity has to overcome first before moving to the second Earth.
Elon Musk Wants to Convince People of the Feasibility of This Grand Project
The billionaire CEO of SpaceX is the author of a recent paper that explains how a Mars colonization would come to reality. He was already behind tremendous breakthroughs in the field of space exploration. His goal through this work is to make this dream appear as a possible goal for more people than there are now.
“By talking about the SpaceX Mars architecture, I want to make Mars seem possible.”
To his view, planet Earth is not going to offer a proper environment for living conditions forever. Therefore, instead of watching how humanity meets its end, people can be proactive and support efforts for a better future. This scenario for survival entails a “space-bearing civilization” that can turn numerous planets into their home through technology.
The Autonomous Martian City Needs a Million Citizens First
The first challenge that stands in the way of building an autonomous Martian city is the ticket price tag. This cost needs to become affordable for anyone who wants to move on the second Earth. He chose $200,000 as an affordable price for people. Moreover, Musk’s calculations indicate that a new city would need a million inhabitants to become self-sustaining. Together, the citizens of the new planet can turn their colony into an autonomous city in 40 or 100 years.
On the other hand, Musk has not yet developed a clear picture on how the city would look like. However, he is sure that this project will become a reality one way or the other. His wish is to be alive when this happens.
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