Can building a colony on the Red Planet save the human race? Elon Musk thinks so.
Perhaps billionaire Elon Musk binged a few David Bowie albums and vintage sci-fi movies before dreaming up Space X, a company with so-called “multiplanetary” ambitions. A moon landing is so last century. SpaceX is already onto the next big thing: traveling to Mars.
In 2001, disappointed with NASA’s lack of plans for serious space exploration, Musk decided to take matters into his own hands. For now, SpaceX is testing its rocket innovation technology by acting as an interstellar delivery service for governments and companies, transporting satellites, cargo, and people up to space stations. This experiment has not been without setbacks — just this September, Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded a few minutes after launch. Nonetheless, Musk’s mission remains unchanged: to put a colony of one million humans on Mars.