Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, has announced an ambitious plan to establish a human colony on Mars within the next few years. He believes that humanity must become “multi-planetary” in order to survive even if Earth’s supply ships stop coming. Musk is confident that SpaceX’s Starship rocket will play a significant role in achieving this goal, comparing future trips to Mars with flights across the country.
Musk has long been vocal about his desire for a human settlement on Mars and recent statements suggest that SpaceX is aggressively working towards making this vision a reality. In addition to establishing a colony on Mars, Musk also plans to construct a permanent Moon base in the future. He emphasizes the importance of humanity having a presence on both planets.
Despite facing daunting technical challenges, Musk remains determined to make his vision of a human colony on Mars come true. While SpaceX has achieved major milestones once thought improbable, such as reusable orbital rockets, progress towards establishing a colony on Mars remains slow. However, Musk is hopeful that the third test flight this year will finally reach orbit and demonstrate the vehicle’s capabilities.