Skip to comments.Huge Mars Colony Eyed by SpaceX Founder Elon Musk
Posted on 11/24/2012 2:48:04 PM PST by BenLurkin
In Musk's vision, the ambitious Mars settlement program would start with a pioneering group of fewer than 10 people, who would journey to the Red Planet aboard a huge reusable rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane.
"At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big," Musk told an audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on Friday (Nov. 16). Musk was there to talk about his business plans, and to receive the Societys gold medal for his contribution to the commercialization of space.
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Leave the kids here ... they're still young enough ... I think we can straighten them out.
If socialism and power is so wonderful ...
Build your colony ... write your constitution, pen your EO's, make law .. eat, drink and be merry and gay.
We'll ship ice cream once a year.
Ehhhhh.....I been to Mars. Looks like Detroit without the Eiffel Tower.
Just don’t let him have any dogs up there
There is absolutely no point to settling Mars. The Moon at least has massive reserves of Helium-3. @hat does Mars have? And it is vastly farther away.
All this may seem obvious but I have yet to see anyone explain where this water will come from. Ice on Mars, I am sure, but how much and how difficult to get to it?
Mars has plenty of water, you just have to have the equipment in place to get at it and separate out the H2 from the O.
The real problem is getting there. Life on the surface is technologically much easier to deal with than the moon. You don’t need the bulky suit on mars. You don’t have a 2 week day and two week night like the moon. Radiation levels at the surface are comparable to what astronauts in low earth orbit experience. There are caves on mars that could serve as handy shelters if the entrances are covered. Its cold on mars but the day night temperature fluctuations aren’t nearly as wide as they are on the moon.
Send Michelle. They need Moms.
Mars aint the kind of place to raise your kids, in fact its cold as hell
And there’s no one there to raise them if you did
The water comes from the soil. Even if the soil does not contain significant amounts of water ice, the planet has an immense quantity of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which would be combined with the hyrogen in the rock to produce water.
If the prospect of using such chemical means to produce large amounts of water is deemed to be too impractical, it would not be unreasonable to redirect the orbital path of a comet or water rich asteroid to impact on Mars and thereby resupply Mars with seas of water.
I think moisture in the soil may be the big discovery they’re talking about lately. To those with no real interest it doesn’t seem like much but water in the soil would be earthshaking in science circles.
Moon also has Thorium and exotic minerals for mining.
All we need are some Hortas and we’re set!!!
It's absolute absence of liberals seems promising. I've been working on a ship in my garage ever since the pictures came back and showed no liberals in all directions.
He can’t even get proper electric cars working with hundreds of millions of investor dollars.
He’s gotta walk before he can run.
I prefer the Botany Bay solution.
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Posted on 11/24/2012 5:03:29 PM PST by lbryce
Now THAT'S what Musk should be investing in: bioengineering a Horta. That and finding dilithium crystals.
rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane.
I suggest they take plenty of beans to eat on the way there. Then they can produce some of their own fuel.
There’s a plan for that...http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2962433/posts
“Just dont let him have any dogs up there.”
Will the solar system police show up and shoot it?
“who would journey to the Red Planet aboard a huge reusable rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane.”
Does SpaceX plan to use all that non-existent methane on Mars that Curiosity can’t detect?
For his dinner, yes
You really think we have the ability to divert the path of a comet? And even if we could the reason Mars has no surface water is the fact the atmosphere is so thin that the water has either frozen or evaporated at a high rate. New water would evaporate just as fast as the old water did.
To make Mars livable, truly livable, we would have to somehow reinstate a liquid core(molten of course)in the center of the planet thereby re-establishing the magnetic field that would allow the atmosphere to become heavier. With our present technology I don't think this is feasible.
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