Time flies when you are a rocket. Elon Musk believes that in 2 years, we would be able to travel from earth to space and back safely. Imagine we, as a species, become multi-planetary.
It takes about 5000 tons in weight for a successful liftoff to space. And a trip to planet Mars would take approximately 6 months. You may ask, why on earth should we even consider travelling into space? That is a valid question.
What if we, as human species spent the rest of our days simply waiting around for an extinction? In history, we can see that civilizations prospered for a while but then gradually collapsed for reasons either self-inflicted or external. The future is far more exciting than that, I think. Life is energy and time. Our thoughts are a form of energy. So why not think beyond ourselves. We believe that everything circles around us. But in reality, everything spins around the sun and we are like tiny dust particles in the universe.
Ask better questions to understand the universe
When asked what Musk’s motivation is for building multi-planetary living space for mankind. Musk said that he has always been following the Douglas Adam’s school of thought. Musk emphasizes that the universe has the answers. “We just need to be able to ask better questions to increase our understanding of the universe, the meaning of life and to expand the scope and scale of our consciousness”, Elon Musk explained.
The future is happening today. Do you want a future out there among the stars exploring the universe? Or do you want a future where we are stuck on earth forever? Just like we see our planet slowly being destroyed, and resources becoming scarce, those factors promt us to develop a new way of thinking, living and being. A future that gives rise to explore the galaxy is far more exciting in my opinion.
Building a city and civilization on Mars is possible
If humanity is able to build a city on Mars with real civilization, then we need to ensure that we have the necessary resources to live there. The fascinating thing is that Mars has frozen water, and research has shown that it potentially had oceans and lakes billions of years ago. Therefore, nothing is impossible, but we need to ask the right questions to get better answers.
A trip to Mars takes approximately 6 months of travel time. Every quarter of a Mars year, according to Musk, you can do the transfer and travel to the planet Mars. This means in plain terms that travelling to Mars is possible every 2 years. It is possible, and that is the start of making more things possible.
When you think of the universe, it is all energy. Since we need energy to live, why not think outside the norm and create something out of the ordinar? There are only a few people, like Elon Musk that truly have the passion, resources and drive to take that step. I believe that we are at a critical transition in time where we need to come up with new ways of being. Extending life on earth may sound futuristic, and out of this world. But so again was the idea of sending people to the moon only 50 years ago.
Multi-planetary life as a solution to extend life on earth
When you think of the universe, it is all energy. Since we need energy to live, why not think outside the norm and create something out of the ordinary. There are only a few people, like Elon Musk that truly have the passion, resources and drive to take that step. I believe that we are at a critical transition in time where we need to come up with new ways of being. Extending life on earth may sound futuristic, and out of this world, but so again was the idea of sending people to the moon only 50 years ago.
But before going to Mars, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX decided to build a cyber factory in Austin, Texas. An increasing number of business leaders and companies have moved from Silicon Valley to Texas. Texas has space and has no income tax, while California has the highest tax rate in the nation. This will save the company millions in income tax. Musk said in the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast recently that Austin is going to become the biggest boomtown that America has seen in 50 years. The city is going to develop into a progressive, open-minded, artistic yet technologically-driven hub of the future. Life is measured in time and energy. There may only be a short amount of time left to transport life from earth into space and make life multi-planetary.