Elon Musk reveals residents in his 2050 Mars city will live in glass domes – and ‘terraform’ the planet to be like Earth
ELON Musk has plans for humans to live in glass domes on Mars.
The SpaceX CEO has his sights set on ferrying one million people to the Red Planet by 2050.
Life in glass domes at first. Eventually, terraformed to support life, like Earth.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2020
Understandbly, a lot of people have questions about how Musk proposes all these people survive.
He recently tweeted: “Life in glass domes at first. Eventually, terraformed to support life, like Earth.”
Terraforming would mean creating the right environment outside the domes so plants could grow just like on Earth and there would be a oxygen supply.
When told then terraforming would be unlikely to work with current technologies Musk had another response.
He said: “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.”
Musk has previously admitted that getting to Mars in his SpaceX rockets is the easy part but creating a city there will be tricky.
Musk has previously outlined plans for a Martian colony established by his rocket company, SpaceX. Pictured is an artist impression of the colony with a SpaceX Starship rocket in the background[/caption]
A number of studies have concluded that terraforming the entire planet of Mars and changing its atmosphere may not be possible even if all the ice caps were melted to release CO2.
Musk wants a Starship rocket to make the journey to Mars as early as 2021.
During the Satellite 2020 conference earlier this year, Musk said: “If we don’t improve our pace of progress, I’m definitely going to be dead before we go to Mars.”
If his 2050 ambition becomes a reality, Musk will be 79 when one million humans are living in his proposed domes on Mars.
What is SpaceX?
Here’s what you need to know…
SpaceX is a cash-flushed rocket company that wants to take man to Mars.
It was set up by eccentric billionaire Elon Musk in 2002 and is based in Hawthorne, California.
SpaceX’s first aim was to build rockets that could autonomously land back on Earth and be re-used.
Musk hoped the technology would make flying and operating space flights far cheaper.
SpaceX currently uses its reusable rockets to fly cargo to the International Space Station for Nasa.
It also carries satellites and other space tech into orbit for various international governments and companies.
The company took astronauts up to the ISS for the first time in 2020.
Other future missions involve carrying tourists and astronauts to the Moon.
Musk has repeatedly said he believes humanity must colonise Mars to save itself from extinction.
He plans to get a SpaceX rocket to the Red Planet sometime in the 2030s.
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