Gallery: SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Hopes to Establish 80,000 Person Colo...


Newt Gingrich may have been decried as a lunatic when he declared his intent, if elected, to establish a colony on the moon — but he didn’t have the astronautical chops of SpaceX founder Elon Musk. At a recent presentation to London’s Royal Aeronautical Society, Musk stated that he envisions a “future 80,000-person colony as a public-private enterprise” on Mars. Previously Musk—also the billionaire brain behind Paypal, Tesla and the proposed solar-powered Hyperloop train—has said that he hopes for flights to Mars to be available through his private space travel company at a cost of around $500,000 per person.

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  1. greenvitals December 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I was just thinking, who would want to go? We live in paradise. There is no atmosphere, no trees, no easy way to establish agtriculture, and nothing really pretty to look at.

    The only people I imagine who would go is incredibly well paid miners to mine whatever resources can be extracted from there, and those would have to be some paychecks to make it worth it.

  2. Tony Palyos November 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    as it takes ( what ? ) 6 months to get to mars – are there any plans to build stops along the way – is it possible ? – huge space stations – to relax for a short while ? – first halfway, then quarter ways, then 1/8 ways – i suppose they would have to move to hold position ?

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