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Elon Musk's Mars Colonization Plan 'Highly Anticipated' by Scientific Community -- But Why?

Sep 27, 2016 05:27 AM EDT
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Elon Musk will talk about his plans for colonizing Mars today and how he will make humans a multi-planetary species.
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The anticipation is growing as the businessman and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is about to unveil his Mars colonization plans called "Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species."

The SpaceX CEO is found of big time press conference to announce the steps of his companies, just like what he did when he revealed Tesla Master Plan Part 2. But today, the anticipation is focused on SpaceX and its plans to colonize Mars.

Musk revealed earlier this year that he has plans of bringing humans to Mars in 2025. To do that, he is building powerful rockets that can withstand the harsh environment of Mars and that can survive deep space explorations in places that no man has ever gone before. So how exactly is he going to do that? And why is the whole scientific community eager to hear about his plans?

For one, SpaceX' ambitious mission is almost a decade earlier than NASA's journey to Mars. If the plan goes well, SpaceX might be the first company to send humans to Mars. And with NASA's blessing and cooperation, Musk might just do that.

"We're kind of like consultant to SpaceX," Phil McAlister, NASA's director of commercial spaceflight development said in a teleconference. "We're providing very specific areas of expertise," McAlister added.

SpaceX is not short of rockets for the mission to Mars. Last Sept. 25, SpaceX also performed a test-fire of its powerful interplanetary Raptor engine that is capable of sending humans to Mars. Musk was also quoted saying that his Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) is so powerful that it might even go well beyond Mars. These are just some of the reasons why the scientific community is so eager to learn about Musk's plans to colonize Mars. Musk said that his highly anticipated speech will be called "Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species" and that it will be streamed online.

"My sense from the space enthusiast community is that the speech is very highly anticipated," Scott Hubbard, consulting professor at Stanford University said in a statement. "Supporters are looking for a private humans-to-Mars approach," Hubbard added.

The anticipation expressed by both the public and the scientific community shows that the mission to reach Mars interests a large portion of the human race. Musk himself also revealed that it may sound "pretty crazy" and that statement alone is enough for some to want to hear what the commercial space flight mogul has to say.


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