Building a human colony on Mars is practically mandatory if we want to talk about the survival of our species in the far future. The Earth’s resources are transient, and moving our entire lifestyle to another planet becomes pretty much the only option once we run out of food.
Elon Musk is determined to colonize Mars with its SpaceX agency, and the billionaire had to recently answer some questions on Twitter for some of his supporters.
Living in glass domes before terraforming
Elon Musk never seems to run out of innovative ideas when it comes to going to Mars. He said on Twitter:
Life in glass domes at first. Eventually, terraformed to support life, like Earth,
Terraforming will be too slow to be relevant in our lifetime. However, we can establish a human base there in our lifetime. At least a future spacefaring civilization – discovering our ruins – will be impressed humans got that far.
Musk hopes that a first flight of 100 people will be initiated with the Mars destination in 2026 when a Starship mission will get the job done.
Life on Mars?
We shouldn’t completely rule out the idea of encountering any life forms on the Red Planet when we get there, although it’s highly unlikeable to meet intelligent beings. Liquid water exists on Mars, but far less than on Earth. The Red Planet is also located within the Goldilocks Zone of the Solar System, which makes the planet pretty suitable for at least primitive life forms.
NASA aims to return astronauts to the Moon by the end of the decade during the Artemis mission. If the goal is reached, the next destination will be Mars. Whether NASA or SpaceX will colonize the Red Planet first, it really doesn’t matter anymore. The most important thing is that humanity is truly affording to discuss such an ambitious goal realistically.