Mars. Probably since it's been discovered, humans have wanted to go there. With its sprawling red landscapes and, apparently, water sources, it seems like an attractive planet for colonizing, right? President Obama and Elon Musk seem to think so.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, laid out his plan for reaching, and eventually, colonizing, the Red Planet. To get there, humans would purportedly hitch a ride in a $10 billon dollar rocket, with tickets costing a cool $200,000 dollars. This first trip to Mars could happen as soon as 2024, if all goes well. Musk's ultimate goal would be to send one million people to create a Mars metropolis.
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President Obama echoed those calls to get to Mars earlier this week, with plans to get humans on Mars by the 2030s. He said that it will definitely require government and private sector cooperation, which will start when private companies begin sending astronauts to the ISS.
There are obviously a lot of concerns with sending people to Mars, like who governs colonization of Mars, will it have adverse effects on people's health, etc. Regardless, I know that after watching The Martian, I am not drawn to Mars, ha!
Even so, these ambitious plans don't end with Mars. Musk even has ideas to reach Europa, Jupiter's moon, which is a whopping 390.4 million miles from earth. Will our desire to go deeper and deeper into space really ever stop? I don't think so. As for me, I think I'll just remain here on Earth. Until space travel is as efficient as warping around the galaxy, as in Star Trek, I'll stay put.
What do you think? Would you live on Mars, or even farther beyond Earth? If so, where? Leave me a comment!
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