At the final day of the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia Elon Musk reiterated his intentions to colonize Mars by 2024.
Musk claims that his company SpaceX has made the necessary designs to the spaceship to make his dream of bringing human life to Mars a reality.
This spaceship, named the BFR or ‘Big Fucking Rocket,’ is described as a combination of SpaceX’s other spaceships and crucially it lands safely in the upright position as opposed to just crashing down out of the sky.
The BFR is made to hold one hundred people on board for three to six months. It comes complete with an entertainment area and solar storm shelter.
Musk spoke further about the philosophy behind the BFR and his idea of being a ‘multiplanet species.’ Musk said,
“I think fundamentally, the future is vastly more exciting and interesting if we’re a space-ranked civilization and a multiplanet species than if we’re not. You wanna be inspired by things. You wanna wake up in the morning and think, ‘The future’s gonna be great.’ That’s what being a space-ranked civilization is all about. It’s about believing in the future, and believing the future will be better than the past.”
All of that sounds well and good, but this whole colonizing Mars thing seems like a pretty tall task. Though Musk doesn’t see it that way, he said yesterday, “I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and be ready for a launch in about five years. Five years feels like a long time to me.”
But there are serious issues with like oxygen and other shit you need for humans to live on Mars. I’m not going to pretend to know the details of Mars’ atmosphere, but I’m pretty sure it’s not ready to house human beings.
Also, what happens when Musk colonizes Mars in the name of the United States? Does it become an American province? Does Russia come up and start a Mars war over our territory? It sounds like a dope sci-fi movie, but I don’t think I’m ready for Mars War I.
Regardless, Elon Musk is super out here trying to live on Mars. I imagine there are a lot of people excited by this possibility but I want to go on the record as saying I’m not down by any means to live on Mars.