Musk to Mars: Here We Come

Elon Musk has done it again! Inventor, investor, founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and co-founder of PayPal, Musk is one of the top names in technology today. He is constantly pushing the limits of science, specifically in the automotive industry and astronomy.

This past week, Musk unveiled a plan to launch a series of around four thousand geosynchronous satellites through his company SpaceX. Why, one might ask, would he do this?

To provide WiFi to every inch of the planet.

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To fuel the plan, SpaceX is calling for “the best engineers that either live in Seattle or that want to move to the Seattle area and work on electronics, software, structures, and power systems.”  Certain parts of the world that have never had direct access to WiFi would finally be connected to the rest of the world- but this, of course, comes at a price.

Musk has become a very wealthy man through his investments and involvements in PayPal and Tesla, but the proceeds of this endeavor are not directly for him.

This time, the money goes to SpaceX as a sort of fundraiser – to found the first colony of Mars, of course.

Musk has time and time again expressed profound interest in the habitable opportunities on the red planet, and hopes to get humans to land on its surface in the next ten to twelve years.  Using the money from his global network, Musk plans to build cities on Mars, for he believes that is where the future of humanity lies.

“Who cares about earth?” he asks, and he has a point – we need to look to the future.  Within a few million years, if the earth has not been depleted or destroyed yet, the sun will grow to a size at which it will scorch the surface of the green planet.  Mars is only one planet away, but it is a start.  “The last RC car we sent to Mars cost more than $3 billion,” he said, referring to the latest Mars Rover, Curiosity. “That’s a hell of a droid. For that kind of money, we should be able to send a lot of people to Mars.”

 “The last RC car we sent to Mars cost more than $3 billion. That’s a hell of a droid. For that kind of money, we should be able to send a lot of people to Mars.”

As crazy as a colony on the desert planet seems, it is becoming more and more realistic as the years go by.  After all, as dry as the surface is, there are over five million cubic kilometers of ice at or near the surface of Mars; the problem is that it is so dry and cold that any liquid water either evaporates or freezes.

Will a colony on Mars happen?  That is hard to say, between the logistics of reusable rockets (SpaceX recently launched a rocket that almost landed safely on a barge in the ocean), long distance space travel, and sustaining humans on a planet with one sixth of a percent of the atmosphere of earth.  Regardless of the difficulties, it is imperative that people here on Earth make an effort; our planet has only so many years left, so it is important that some people look to the future and prepare- people who have the means and influence to make a difference.


People like Elon Musk.

 

Augie Barringer, Staff Writer

Posted by on January 21, 2015. Filed under World News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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