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Elon Musk outlines plans for living on Mars

By T.K. Randall
November 22, 2020 · Comment icon 11 comments

Could future human settlers live in glass domes on Mars ? Image Credit: Twitter / Elon Musk
The SpaceX CEO has made no secret of his ambition to see humans living on the Red Planet in his lifetime.
It might seem like science fiction at the moment, but it is inevitable that we will one day see settlers laying down roots on the Red Planet; living and working there - a veritable home away from home.

There is one major problem however - Mars is an undeniably hostile environment, meaning that even surviving on its surface for any length of time is going to be a major challenge.

Musk has previously spoken about the idea of terraforming Mars, a long process that would involve changing the atmosphere of the entire planet into something more suitable for human life.

Even he, however, acknowledges that this isn't something that's likely to happen anytime soon.

Recently on Twitter, user 'Astronomiaum' asked him a question on this very subject.

"When people arrived on Mars, would the planet already be terraformed or would people have another way created by SpaceX to survive on the red planet ?" he asked.
To his surprise, Musk actually responded.

"Life in glass domes at first," he wrote. "Eventually, terraformed to support life, like Earth."

"Terraforming will be too slow to be relevant in our lifetime. However, we can establish a human base there in our lifetime. At least a future spacefaring civilization - discovering our ruins - will be impressed humans got that far."

By the reference to 'our ruins', it sounds like Musk doesn't think we will survive over the long term.

Let us hope he's wrong on that one.

Source: Popular Mechanics | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by An0n1m0us 4 years ago
What makes Elon or anyone think we are wanted on Mars? After what we've done to Earth, I would think no one would want us. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Grey Area 4 years ago
Who is on Mars to object to our presence there?
Comment icon #4 Posted by The Skeptic Eric Raven 4 years ago
No one will complain as there is no one there.
Comment icon #5 Posted by The Wistman 4 years ago
Good.  Elon can go first.  God forbid he should use any of his billions to actually save the living planet which has been so good, so beneficial, to him. Gah.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by Grey Area 4 years ago
I think, Elon might respond to that with ‘Tesla’.   I suspect that is more than most other billionaires could claim.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 4 years ago
Everything Elon does is for growing his wallet.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
It will be more ''living in an underground facility'' than under a glass dome...
Comment icon #9 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 4 years ago
Step 1, check out the local Starbucks
Comment icon #10 Posted by Grey Area 4 years ago
No doubt about that.  He’s just better at it than the majority of everyone else in the world.     Plus he makes electric cars that people actually want buy.
Comment icon #11 Posted by An0n1m0us 4 years ago

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