Elon Musk has revealed that he wants to send one million people to Mars for the purposes of colonization.
As hinted by Musk the other day, his proposal is called the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS). It involves sending 100 people at a time on a giant rocket, the biggest in history (bigger even than NASA’s Saturn V), to the surface of the Red Planet. “I want to make Mars seem possible to do in our lifetimes,” said Musk in his presentation (you can watch a replay of the talk here). “I want anyone to go if they want to.” The unnamed rocket (currently just given the moniker “Mars Vehicle”) certainly looks impressive. On top, it will have a specially designed spaceship that can carry either humans or cargo. At the bottom, 42 of SpaceX’s new methane-fueled Raptor engines take the rocket into orbit, and then return it safely back to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida, ready for another launch.
Moving at about 62,000 miles per hour the trip would take about 36 days, and Musk hopes to bring the cost down to about $200,000 per ticket. The space crafts will be able to transport 100 people at a time which means to reach his goal of 1 million people there will need to be 10,000 trips over 40-100 years.
We couldn’t help but wonder how many of those 1 million people would be Christians and how many future Martians may grow up without proper spiritual guidance in their lives. What do you think?