Elon Musk to reveal plan to colonise Mars
Musk, who has previously said the plan “is going to sound pretty crazy”, is for the first time going to outline how he thinks humans can get to Mars at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico. original post – telegraph.co.uk by -Cara McGoogan ___________________________________
The chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX believes Mars could be a “backup drive” for humanity and that it could be warmed up using nuclear weapons.
Musk’s space ambitions are long-running. In 2002 he founded SpaceX, a private company tasked with shaking up the space industry. Fourteen years later, SpaceX is contracted to launch commercial satellites, as well as resupply the International Space Station. Eventually it hopes to shuttle astronauts to the ISS.
Despite a few setbacks, including an explosion on takeoff last month that destroyed a £150 million Facebook satellite, Musk is optimistic that SpaceX can create a rocket that could fly to Mars and back again.
SpaceX has conducted a successful test of the rocket booster called the Raptor that could power an “interplanetary transport engine”. Powered by liquid methane and liquid oxygen, the Raptor could be replenished on Mars and make a return journey.
Musk will outline his full scheme to colonise Mars during a speech on September 27 at 7:30 pm UK time.
“During a special keynote entitled ‘Making humans a multiplanetary species’, Musk will discuss the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars,” said the International Astronautical Congress.
“The technical presentation will focus on potential architectures for colonising the Red Planet that industry, government and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead.”
Unveiling his plan could spark a race to get to Mars. Nasa already has a “Journey to Mars” program, while Hilary Clinton has said that if she is elected US president one of her aims will be to “advance our ability to make human exploration of Mars a reality”.
Nasa’s Curiosity Rover is currently exploring the surface of Mars and sending back illuminating images of the planet, but won’t be able to make the return journey to Earth.
Musk, who has previously said the plan “is going to sound pretty crazy”, is for the first time going to outline how he thinks humans can get to Mars at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico.
original post – telegraph.co.uk
by -Cara McGoogan