Elon Musk unveils plans for Mars civilization

September 28, 2016

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In a talk on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk laid out engineering details to establish a permanent, self-sustaining civilization of a million people on Mars, with an initial flight as soon as 2024.

SpaceX is designing a massive reusable Interplanetary Transport System spacecraft with cabins. The trip would initially cost $500,000 per person, with a long-term goal of 100 passengers per trip.

Musk plans to make humanity a “multiplanetary species” to ensure survival in case of a calamity like an asteroid strike. “This is really about minimizing existential risk and having a tremendous sense of adventure,” he said.

Artist’s impression of Interplanetary Transport System on Europa (note humans for scale) (credit: SpaceX)

The new rocket could also be used for other interplanetary trips to places like Europa, the icy moon of Jupiter.

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