For Elon Musk, a space taxi is just the first step for life on Mars

Elon Musk is planning to build a city on the red planet, and live there.

5/24/2020 12:38:00 AM

Elon Musk is planning to build a city on the red planet, and live there.

Elon Musk's vision, morphed into a shake-up of the old space industry, and a fleet of new private rockets.

Musk"is a revolutionary change" in the space world, says Harvard University astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, whose Jonathan's Space Report has tracked launches and failures for decades.Ex-astronaut and former Commercial Spaceflight Federation chief Michael Lopez-Alegria says,"I think history will look back at him like a da Vinci figure."

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Musk has become best known for Tesla, his audacious effort to build an electric vehicle company. But SpaceX predates it.Growing a rose on MarsAt 30, Musk was already wildly rich from selling his internet financial company PayPal and its predecessor Zip2. He arranged a series of lunches in Silicon Valley in 2001 with G. Scott Hubbard, who had been NASA's Mars czar and was then running the agency's Ames Research Center.

Musk wanted to somehow grow a rose on the red planet, show it to the world and inspire school children, recalls Hubbard."His real focus was having life on Mars," says Hubbard, a Stanford University professor who now chairs SpaceX's crew safety advisory panel.

The big problem, Hubbard told him, was building a rocket affordable enough to go to Mars. Less than a year later Space Exploration Technologies, called SpaceX, was born.There are many space companies and like all of them, SpaceX is designed for profit. But what's different is that behind that profit motive is a goal, which is simply to"Get Elon to Mars," McDowell says."By having that longer-term vision, that's pushed them to be more ambitious and really changed things."

Everyone at SpaceX, from senior vice presidents to the barista who offers its in-house cappuccinos and FroYo,"will tell you they are working to make humans multi-planetary," says former SpaceX Director of Space Operations Garrett Reisman, an ex-astronaut now at the University of Southern California.

Musk founded the company just before NASA ramped up the notion of commercial space.Traditionally, private firms built things or provided services for NASA, which remained the boss and owned the equipment. The idea of bigger roles for private companies has been around for more than 50 years, but the market and technology weren't yet right.

SpaceX: 'A child of NASA'NASA's two deadly space shuttle accidents – Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003 – were pivotal, says W. Henry Lambright, a professor of public policy at Syracuse University.When Columbia disintegrated, NASA had to contemplate a post-space shuttle world. That's where private companies came in, Lambright says.

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After Columbia, the agency focused on returning astronauts to the moon, but still had to get cargo and astronauts to the space station, says Sean O'Keefe, who was NASA's administrator at the time. A 2005 pilot project helped private companies develop ships to bring cargo to the station.

SpaceX got some of that initial funding. The company's first three launches failed. The company could have just as easily failed too, but NASA stuck by SpaceX and it started to pay off, Lambright says."You can't explain SpaceX without really understanding how NASA really kind of nurtured it in the early days," Lambright says."In a way, SpaceX is kind of a child of NASA."

Since 2010, NASA has spent $6 billion to help private companies get people into orbit, with SpaceX and Boeing the biggest recipients, says Phil McAlister, NASA's commercial spaceflight director.NASA plans to spend another $2.5 billion to purchase 48 astronaut seats to the space station in 12 different flights, he says. At a little more than $50 million a ride, it's much cheaper than what NASA has paid Russia for flights to the station.

Starting from scratch has given SpaceX an advantage over older firms and NASA that are stuck using legacy technology and infrastructure, O'Keefe says.And SpaceX tries to build everything itself, giving the firm more control, Reisman says. The company saves money by reusing rockets, and it has customers aside from NASA.

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Boy bye and take that awful facelift with u Can’t wait for there to be an armed workers uprising on mars Fix mother earth first Mr. Futurist. Proving once and for all he's rich. Not smart. He pays smart people. Buh bye whackjob. Bon voyage See? Our ruling class DOES have a plan to deal with climate change.

👍 Gosh I hope so. GTFO I'm planning to bang Angelina Jolie You mean get a bunch of people killed? Can he leave now? This guy is an anthropomorphic pile of empty promises tightly packed into a suit. Maybe don’t act like it’s news every time he says he’s going to do something, huh? Bye. Elon Musk is an idiot.

bye Unless he's building it with his own hands I think we're missing an important part of the equation I'm planning on getting bitten by a radioactive spider and getting super powers and in a race to see who achieves their goal first I can safely say I have a shot Ah, the wealthy looking to ruin other planets now. Hopefully aliens will take care of planet Earth's Capitalists.

He is too old to do that. Ahh... to be king on Mars. He needs first to find the medicine of eternity, and then he can go to the red planet....ridiculous!!! Good riddance Good you idiot please move to the red plant because nobody is impressed with you or your ideas. I feel sorry for your child with a name that will never be pronounced correctly!

What a nut job! When does he leave? get ye gone No one go with him. Just shut the rocket door and blast off back to earth. Elon Musk is looking for cheap headlines, and he's getting them. I doubt that he's doing that He's planning on having other people build it for him. He couldn't even stay in the house for a month, he's definitely not about that life (on Mars)

Elon plans a lotta things. Great idea... bring Bezos Gates and Zucks along! Whatever How soon can he leave? So he'll be gone from this planet forever? I am all for this. Let's start building the rockets and materials immediately. lol, I'll sign up for a pre-construction condo when available Elon Musk needs an intervention.

Please do There is only one planet humans can live at called EARTH. Good riddance. Byeee! Best news ever Bye Elon I feel like we have 4 or 5 Kim Stanley Robinson novels about this Howard Hughes seemed downright quaint. Elon Musk considers it “fascism” to take mild precautions against a global pandemic. What moron would ever trust their lives to him in a hermetically sealed habitat?

Good riddance well, he is trying to get away from all the Leftists....... Take Trump and McConnell with you, Elon!! Good. Get him off this planet Please move soon monorail! Good riddance. Seeing how he treats his workers here on Earth I wish him and anyone who goes with him the best of luck, there's no way I'd entrust my safety to Space Karen.

Alternate Headline: Rich Assholes Attempt to Escape while World Burns, Leave Poor People in Dust Can he get it done yesterday? Good riddance! Please do it soon and never come back or communicate with anyone on earth again. Take your fucking weird nerds and red pillars with you. This is ridiculous and musk should be charged with war crimes for Bolivia. And this paper should be investigated for all the ties that led to this commercial advert to be published for frogface musk.

Thank goodness and good riddance Good. Stay there. Obsessed with “TOTAL RECALL” Good. The sooner the better. 👋 Sick go for it Cool. Is he bringing his new baby XXL 911 F451? Sturgeons_Law No he isn't Yeah red and dirt Oklahoma because Tulsa will be the new factory! It will be one nut less on earth this dude loves to ply journos w pointless blurbs about himself...and they run with em to make pointless articles lile this

LilyTwinkle3 K bye This is stupid Please Elon! Go now and can I give you a list of people to take with you ? How much weed has he been smokin? See ya. joke of the year elonmusk leave now please Bye Yes thinking out of this world! Good. Buh-bye 👋 Great! He can take all the other useless billionaires with him. What a weirdo.

Quick reminder to everyone jumping on the train to join him you’ll only be going as his servant You know what... I concur ... Can we just send elonmusk there with the first ship? I'll start a GoFundMe. This was kind of obvious. bye bjtch Somebody read The Warchmen while tripping and thought the Doctor Manhattan character was based on him.

elonmusk doesnt build things though... his workers do. How many workplace injuries would be sustained on this jobsite Well if you want to leave when things get tough,we don't want you or anything you bring to the table.Not your advice,arms,or disloyalty Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. Good riddance!

Gurl bye Bye Felicia! How soon before he moves? Let's launch him there right now. Space Taxi was great. This idea, not so much. Decades from now... “Everything was peaceful, until the Elon Mars Nation attacked...” Spending your vast fortune to compensate your workers well and give them hazard pay: No. Spending your vast fortune to go on the most vain vacation imaginable: Yes.

Good riddance! Sturgeons_Law He should go on ahead and we'll catch up. can’t wait jfc hope there’s no internet there BYE Don’t let the door hit you on your way out to Mars, Buh-Bye Good Take Trump with you. PLEASE!!!! God Bless that guy how does he plan to take some mexicans there to work? Thank God!! See ya!!

I wish people could do math and understand science. And take Trump and Maga supporters Hes got more money than brains That used to be the aim of NASA, and millions of people still look for the time we are back in the space race. Good reddens. Thank God! When a lot of money makes a person go crazy. C-ya! Bye I might want to join him

Good riddance! Musk needs to lay off the weed a little Need of the hour !!! Good. Gtfoh Good. Good leave planet earth we’re sick of you Maybe it's a good idea. Since some people believe humans cause global warming on Earth, perhaps humans will cause climate change on Mars... 🎶We built this city🎶 Soon? Please go now!

bye He wants a place where he is considered God. Good riddance! I can't wait until he goes back his home planet How unpopular is he planning to be on Earth, exactly... Bye. This is why the word fantastic was invented. thank god. An Elonless earth is a good earth Yes please, the sooner the better. 👋 Good. It seems like a good solution for everyone involved.

Can he just go now? Then build houses and sell them Do it today please. The sooner the better ...better leave now, lol I want to go to Mars and poop there Good riddance? Bye Good. Tell him to take 45 and his red-pill peeps with him ✌🏼. ByeFelicia 👋🏼👋🏼 elonmusk Can’t wait for him to go! Bye! Does he realize that they won't let him smoke weed in the domed city?

Can he leave today! See ya!!! he won't live there, because he won't have anyone to bully and he will be supremely unimportant good, go away Bye, bye Mr. Musk pie 🥧 He can be the first on the flight please. He probably should go right now and look around. i hope that you continue to print 'dipshit says he'll do Thing; fails' every time it's appropriate

Things that will never happen. As long as he pays for it. The American Tax Payer is not paying for his pipe dreams. BreakingNews. ElonMusk is planning to build a city on the red planet. He chooses Only three 'friendly' people to go with him; DonaldTrump, BarakObama and HillaryClinton 😎 We built this city in Rockin n Roll!!!’

It's possible....is about terraforming mars.👍🏼go to the moon used to be crazy and talk by video too...😮 Ciao! Mars needs Elon Is there a gofundme to help? Good riddance I'd join elonmusk Is he invoking martian law? Bye Felicia. Hopefully he will move his Corporate headquarters there too. Matter of have trump tower built there too.

Good for him! We do not need him on this planet! Good riddance. Bloody go and stay there ! How about a fully environmentally friendly climatized glass dome city here on earth? Interesting. BYE! Later ! Send tRump!!! If any person follows him to mars the are insane 😜 let's see there's solar radiation them there's deep space radiation when you get there you can freeze to death solar flares so many thinks that can kill you please people believe God when he says the Heavens are his pslam115:16

Bye This will be fun! I think Elon should take the first taxi to mars. Seriously ? How can a brilliant mind like his be so foolish at the same time he's seen to many science fiction movie's and shows space is no t like star wars star trek andromeda or babylon 5 Can’t wait. Elon, please cut it out...plan on finding solution to COVID-19 first.

go to it bud...…. Leave as soon as possible. Build a really, really big ship. Load as many republicans as will fit. Good bye That's a good place for him n Bye This is old news. He has been talking about this since 2016 maybe before. If people would read about what is happening instead of wait for their favorite news channel to tell them now its time to tink about it. Idk why I am upset about this lol

Don’t let the atmosphere hit ya on the way out Home always calls Delusional and kinda crazy Great, I’ll help him pack. Buh-bye awesome vsionary elon musk has taken the world by storm exciting science, preparing manking for the future, advancing our specie 🌎⭐️ 👍 to me, musk is already one of the greatest minds of the XXI century, deserves a nobel prize. 🎖(my personal opinion)

Can he go ASAP? Bye bitch His being a fruit cake is wearing thin on America. I honestly don't care in the least what this oddball thinks, says or does anymore. Being eccentric and doing bizarre things can only carry you so far with people. Good. ✌🏼 When is he leaving? The sooner, the better👍 See ya! Is he gonna build that city on rock and roll?

He hates planet earth, and is as creepy as they come. Good take all the trumps with you Let him go. If he does a Gofundme for this it would raise billions Maybe he’ll take the trump family with him HEY TAKE POTUS WITH YOU!😂👏🏿👍🏿🤦🏿‍♂️ K, bye. Bye, Bye Selfish hole He must be drinking the stuff that goes in his batteries🤪

He will more than likely be the last It is so nice that Elon will finally get to live on his home planet. elonmusk I will join you! Can he do it soon? Just making sure: Is it a one-way trip?🤞 Bye. good because i’m sick of his ego and bullshit Bye Take me with you please Who cares? I knew Elon Musk was the inspiration for the villain in that COD Infinite Warfare Game!

We’ll help him pack. This guy is out of his skull. Good. Please take Trump/Pence with you. Do your country of birth a big favor. Good! Bye! Heard Ivanka is going too. Good riddance to him! Bye Felicia Musk Is Dr Manhattan finally revealed himself A real life Tony Stark. 👍🏻 Prefer a space Uber. JforDemocracy Fine. I’ll help him pack—and drive the space truck

Mars: 'Go back to Earth you crazy pothead.' take the magats with him The man is nuts. 🙄 Peace out. We cant even deal with the virus on earth crisis let alone life on Mars. karensgonewild Cuckoo. I guess he really likes to be Elon It would begreat if we could send his ass to mars. Even better if he sends himself so we don't have to pay for it. Bye now!

Hope the door doesn’t hit him in the ass on the way out. Hope he takes Trump with him! If Elon believes he will build a city on Mars and live there in his lifetime, I suspect he is currently living in a house made of Panama Red and is trying to see if he can smoke it right down to the foundations. ReeferMadness

Finally! I'll help him pack. Mars is not worth the journey. A lunar Westfield and Hilton would be cool. Wont Russia work? Good, byyyyeeeeeee Well...color me disinterested Let him go wherever he whant‘s... but to another planet Good for him. Buh bye. That is a very good idea. Musk Mars Please do take realDonaldTrump along with you elonmusk. Planet Earth would be better for it.

He can afford it no one wants to live onfcking mars gtfo I think he already lives there... Don't worry. I'm sure once he finds a nice place and gets settled in he'll send for us. Perfect. When will he move? Why is that ? Is the shit of the world out? I for one would encourage that. he wont make it long Good. Hope they are boarding soon.

I played that video game too. Money and power could make you hallucinate beyond imagination .. Didn't he just have a kid? One thing at a time, Elon. Haha Dreams do come true after all. Okay Elon. LOL. Good.

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