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SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk has recently released a new study regarding his ambitious plans to colonize Mars in the future. The journal New Space has recently published the study called Making Life Multi-Planetary. The paper begins with the encouragement that a civilization in space will make everyone feel like the future is going to be amazing. In Musk’s opinion, there’s nothing more incredible than travelling into space and living among the stars, thinking that the future is going to bring great things. These ideas might sound familiar because Musk has already presented them in his 2017 talk to the International Astronautical Congress.
Actually, most of this recent study closely follows the ideas he presented last year, but with some extra images and details. It’s worth mentioning that during that 42-minute talk, Elon Musk elaborated on SpaceX’s plans to build the big system called Big Falcon Rocket, a reusable one, which will have two main parts. The purpose of the spaceship is to carry about 100 people into the low-Earth orbit. What’s even more interesting is that the spaceship can be refilled while in space and then continue its journey to the Moon, for example.
Elon Musk releases a new study on Mars colonization
SpaceX plans to begin its first Mars missions in 2022 and 2024. However, the billionaire admitted that people have often told him that his timelines are a bit too positive at times. The first trip will have the purpose to drop off some equipment there. This equipment will harvest water and carbon dioxide from the air. Then, it will convert it into methane using only solar energy. The fuel that results form this process will then be stored. The second trip, the 2024 one, will bring the astronauts.
There are a lot of details we don’t know about regarding his ambitious Mars plans. Time will tell if those will come to fruition or if everything will remain an aspiration.
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