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Tesla Motors CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is mesmerized by Mars, and envisions mankind as a multi-planetary species whose ultimate future lies beyond the Big Blue Marble that we currently all call home.
SpaceX’s Starship transportation system has been designed to eventually launch each of its reusable Starship rockets on missions an average of three times per day, with every sleek ship loaded with a 100-ton payload per flight. A fleet of 1,000 Starships would forseeably be capable of sending up to 100,000 people to Mars every Earth-Mars orbital synch, or every 26 months.
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In Musk’s vision, food for a self-sustaining Martian city would be cultivated on solar-powered hydroponic farms, both underground and in enclosed structures, and jobs would be plentiful in the settlement’s “outdoorsy, fun atmosphere,” as he once told Popular Mechanics.To that end, he intends on blasting the first SpaceX rocket to Mars by 2022 on a cargo-only mission, before a crewed excursion is attempted sometime around the year 2024.
But before a true civilization can flourish under the harsh Red Planet’s conditions, safe accomodations and protection for the initial round of scientists, biologists, and engineers must be installed well before Musk’s ultimate goal of colonizing Mars with …
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