SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Outlines Plans to Colonize Mars

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has big ambitions to get humans to Mars, and that too as soon as 2022.

However, the current estimated cost of sending someone to Mars is around US$10 billion per person, according to Musk’s estimation.

That being said, he is really optimistic about it. His firm SpaceX will be at the forefront, developing new and innovative technology such as fueling the spaceship in multiple stages.

“What I really want to try to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible – like it’s something we can achieve in our lifetimes,” Musk on Tuesday spoke at  International Astronautical Congress in Maxico.

“The alternative is to become a spacefaring civilization, and a multi-planetary species.” – Elon Musk

According to his estimates, a trip to Mars could take six months or more by traveling through space at the speed of 62,000 miles per hour. When the spaceship enters into Martian atmosphere, it may need to withstand temperates of 1,700°C.

If we sent 10,000 flights to Mars, we could be able to build a sustainable civilization on the red planet. There is a lot of ice on Mars, and this can help us in securing water supplies if we generate the required amount of energy from solar panels or geothermal there.

It should be recalled that Elon Musk made an outrageous statement last year. He stated that by launching nuclear weapons at the red planet, this would help in releasing huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which can warm the planet and bring back liquid water. However, this ‘solution’ has can have serious consequences such as nuclear radiation.

Although his plans are exciting, it still faces huge hurdles and incredible challenges. Elon Musk & SpaceX are still a long, long way from making this a reality.


  • One of the most awesome CEOs. Its about time somebody at ProPk shall do an article on the Best CEOs of all time.

    • One possible way to get oxygen is by growing cyanobacteria, lichens, and microbes in Martian soil, these are the organisms that requires very little oxygen for growth, in return producing large amount of Oxygen, this will turn Mars into a place more like Earth and then there will have enough oxygen to sustain any kind of life.

        • As Mars is next to earth, temperature is fine, not harsh at all. There is also a protective layer of atmosphere around Mars, its function is to filter the harmful radiations coming out of the Sun and from the outer space. So, there is a great possibility of colonizing Mars.

          • Mohsin, you’re so wrong!

            a) Protective layer of atmosphere: Mars atmosphere is just 1% of earth’s. Besides ‘atmosphere’ doesn’t protect from radiations; magnetic field does.

            b) Mars doesn’t have magnetic field: So, you’re all exposed to solar radiations.

            c) “growing cyanobacteria, lichens, and microbes in Martian soil”: Woah! Bull’hit. Musk says nothing about life on Mars. He’s only talking about ferrying people from earth to Mars. As per him, the adventurers should themselves learn how to survive. (Building a huge sealed compound with plants for O2 etc, perhaps?).

            d) Temperature is fine, not harsh at all: Averaging -60C, not harsh at all?? Brr.

            Please don’t misinform anyone when you know nothing about the topic.

      • wow …

        thats … innovative and really full of foresight

        thanks for adding to my knowledge !

  • Reach the moon first.
    Enough of your money making scams.
    NASA and kinds like it are fooling around for too long.

      • Private business, private money?

        Man, he’s relying on NASA contracts and other Govt funds. Not that he’s earning from Tesla Motors and spending here.

        P.S. I do appreciate Musk for his effectiveness and business vision.


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