Giant Mars Colony Projected by Billionaire Elon Musk

Journeys to Mars might soon be available for $500,000 (390,472 Euro) a trip

By Cristina Macari on November 24th, 2012 08:49 GMT

SpaceX private spacecraft's founder Elon Musk, started a huge project intended to finalize with a giant Mars colony of up to 80,000 people.

People who want to get on Mars would have to pay $500,000 (390,472 Euro) a trip, according to Space.

Small groups of about 10 pioneers would be shipped at the beginning of the program in rockets propelled by liquid oxygen and methane.

A complex set of machinery, including devices to translate Martian atmospheric nitrogen and carbon dioxide into methane and oxygen would go to space along with humans.

The pioneers would also get to cultivate Earthly plants into Martian land by building up transparent roofs which, being pressurized with carbon dioxide from Mars' atmosphere, would make the growing possible.

When things are made safe and comfortable enough by pioneers, big rockets would be sent to transport bigger groups of people.

“At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big,” declared Musk.

The rockets Musk intends to create are not thought out as cyclers − a constant two-ways transport between Earth and Mars.

“Probably not a Mars cycler; the thing with the cyclers is, you need a lot of them,” explained Musk.

“You have to have propellant to keep things aligned as [Mars and Earth’s] orbits aren’t [always] in the same plane. In the beginning you won’t have cyclers.”

So far, no clear dates have been made public about exactly how the transport rocket would be constructed and what it would be like. There are some rumors though about a new reusable rocket project named MCT (Mass Cargo Transport or Mars Colony Transport.)

However, musk hasn't made any statements on this aspect yet.

As for the price ticket, Musk declared it has been calculated as to be an affordable once-in-a-lifetime trip.

“The ticket price needs to be low enough that most people in advanced countries, in their mid-forties or something like that, could put together enough money to make the trip,” he said.
Billionaire Elon Musk, founder of private spaceflight SpaceX, plans a human colony on Mars
   Billionaire Elon Musk, founder of private spaceflight SpaceX, plans a human colony on Mars
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