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National Geographic Special: Mars' Musk

Source: National Geographic

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In the last few years, Mars has been making a lot of headlines and a few (lucky) selected ones will be traveling there in the near future.

Now, we all have a bunch of question so we’ve summarized them for you - strongly recommend as well to watch this amazing docudrama from NatGeo: Mars, to really have a feel of what can potentially happen.

We will try to answer as much as possible by digging into Elon Musk's master plan of Mars’ colonization.

How long would it take for us to get there?

According to the plan, we could potentially make the trip in 80 days - aiming 30 with increase of technology.

The trip would be done in style with a spacecraft equipped with Movie Theaters and restaurants - way better than your normal First Class.

This will be a very different experience from the Apollo 11’s capsule that was packed as Federal Highway during rush hour.

What kind of engine we will be using to get there?

The Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) will be 122 meter high and powered by 42 Raptor engines which are able to take around 100 people per trip carrying between 300-550 tons - Heavy breathing.

The goal would be to establish a colony in the next 50-100 years, so we need to be able to reuse the spaceship to bring people back and forth.

How is it powered? Is this a one way trip?

Well that's where Elon Musk’s genius really is.

The idea is to build a solar powered plant on Mars, probably easier now with the SolarCity acquisition, and manufacture methane and oxygen using the carbon dioxide and icy water of Mars’ atmosphere and soil.

Those 2 components are used to power the spaceship's engine making it possible to come back to earth.

The cost and conditions.

Once the testings and trainings are done, the spaceship will start its journey to Mars; the timing must be impeccable as both planets are perfectly in line only once in 26 months.

The price tag in today’s technology -  USD 10 Billion per person, yep with a B, but we could scale it down to the 100-200K by the time they are ready to depart.

This require a lot of investissement and fundings but Elon Musk is confident we will be able to witness this historical event in the next decade or so - exciting times!

How are you excited to witness this event? Would you be willing to leave everything behind and go?

Let us know in the comment.

REFERENCES

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tIXHLC24aY&t=31s



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