Elon Musk: Mars must be colonized as a potential escape route in case of WW3 (only for the ELITE)

David Williams–As you read this, experts at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), other international space agencies, and even those in the private sector, are actively working on possible ways to get off the planet and possibly land on either Mars or the Moon. Mars in particular is quite interesting because, like Earth, it’s a planet that revolves around the sun, there is evidence that it contains water, and it even used to have an atmosphere, just like our home planet.

That’s why it’s one of the primary targets for future space colonization efforts, because it could potentially be used as a “home away from home” that is based in outer space. It would be great to occupy it in such a capacity for a number of reasons, but Elon Musk has revealed that he can think of one specific reason why it’s necessary for humans to colonize Mars.

According to Musk, who currently serves as the CEO of the private space company SpaceX, humans need to colonize Mars for the simple reason that it could preserve the human species in case a world-breaking war finally occurs. In his words, it is a very likely occurrence, and it’s important for humans to be as prepared as possible in terms of facing the long-term consequences.

Musk shared his thoughts on the subject through a question-and-answer session at the most recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin. He made it clear that he wasn’t predicting that humanity was about to enter the dark ages, but that there’s some probability that it will. He even specifically utters the words, “third world war.” (Related: MUSK: Humans must become cyborgs to survive in dystopian future.)

According to Musk, it’s imperative to make sure that there’s enough of a seed of human civilization somewhere else besides Earth, and that is for the simple reason that it might be needed to bring civilization back, in effect shortening the length of the forthcoming dark ages. “It’s important to get a self-sustaining base ideally on Mars, because Mars is far enough away from that [if there’s a war on Earth] the Mars base is more likely to survive than a moon base,” he explained. “But I think a moon base and a Mars base that could perhaps regenerate life back here on Earth would be really important.”

It’s quite clear from his statement that he hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of just relying on a moon base instead of a Mars base, which would be easier to establish on paper. After all, the Moon is closer to Earth and setting up an artificial environment there would be a lot easier to do compared to Mars due to their relative distances from the planet.

“Space hype!” commented Mike Adams, publisher of Science.news and director of CWC Labs. “It’s interesting how Musk fails to mention that his suggestion of fleeing Earth to colonize other celestial bodies would, of course, require billions of dollars in new government subsidies to his corporations,” Adams said. “The idea that any humans will be living on Mars or the moon anytime soon is pure hogwash. Without at least two orders of magnitude of improvements in the cost efficiency of Earth-to-orbit thrusting technology, launching human colonies toward other planets is a pipe dream.”

Regardless, it appears that Musk has a disturbing vision of what lies ahead for humans as a species. He even commented on the fact that some people might be skeptical of his planning, and who might be thinking that his plans only involve those who can afford to pay top dollar for the privilege of going to Mars or wherever else it may be. “The moon and Mars are often thought of as some escape hatch for rich people, but it won’t be that at all,” he began. “Really it kind of reads like Shackleton’s ad for Antarctic explorers … difficult, dangerous, good chance you’ll die, excitement for those who should survive.”

Only time will tell whether he’s wrong or right. But regardless of what he thinks, once humans do turn into a space-faring civilization, there will surely be more exciting times ahead.

Read more about current efforts to reach other planets in Space.news.

7 Replies to “Elon Musk: Mars must be colonized as a potential escape route in case of WW3 (only for the ELITE)

  1. Musk is not the smartest apple on the tree. His dream of going to Mars depends on the existence of a global space achievement infrastructure which does not exist, and cannot exist because of the global predisposition for warfare, manipulation and control. Interstellar space travel could only take place with a cohesive, internally cooperative civilization that is sufficiently advanced that can make use of resources to achieve these kinds of things. If the civilization is immature, warlike and rife with internal corruption, fraud, waste, abuse and psychological perversions, like this one is … it’s going nowhere, and no other advanced civilization out there would take kindly to its intrusion into interstellar space. Musk only has a mid-level physical world perspective, and takes none of these factors into consideration, so when push comes to shove, he’s actually dumber than a stump. Also, there is little evidence to suggest the current civilization would even exist within a century or so.

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    …. taxpayer funded govt employee labor union pension debt . .. . is now over $41 trillion

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    The Truth………$104,082,059,185,000

    Each Taxpayer owes $685,000.

  4. Some things that Mars doesn’t have going for it is a magnetic field to deflect radiation from the Sun and the cosmos. The weaker gravity cannot hold onto a viable atmosphere, one that the solar wind is also blowing away. There isn’t a biosphere in place to support growing plants for food and fibers. It’s unknown how well the human body will hold up with only 1/3 the force of gravity in comparison to Earth. We know that zero G is a bad thing, but there isn’t a way to research how much gravity is needed for good health. An outpost on the moon would be a good first step in finding out if we do better when we have at least some gravity.

    Take a look around at all of the things we take for granted on Earth. When something breaks, we throw it away and buy a new one unless it’s very expensive like a car. After we wear our clothes for a day, we wash them and when they get ripped, we buy something new. Now think about everything it takes from the raw material to your shopping bag. A pair of jeans takes an incredible amount of heavy equipment and energy to produce. Since Mars has no oil to make synthetic fibers and raising sheep for food and wool wouldn’t be very efficient, a colony on Mars would somehow have to farm acres of cotton (and maybe hemp or flax) and build the machinery to take the raw cotton to thread and then to cloth and then to finished clothing. Would all of this be done by hand? Could a small colony budget the time and resources? I would think that they would be hard pressed to make the tools to make the tools to make the machines to produce the building materials just to have shelter in a hostile environment. Even those that wave their hands and just say “3D printers” need to look at every single component in a 3D printer and answer where on Mars would those parts come from if the printer needed a part replaced. Anybody there ever rewind a stepper motor by hand? How does one go about fabricating a resistor or capacitor out of the dirt outside?

    Mars is a long way off. It’s doubtful that even Elon can come up with the money it will take to send a group of people to the red planet to die. It’s not impossible to get there from a technical standpoint, but there are so many engineering challenges that need to be understood and solved before it can be a mission with a happy ending.

    Even if Mars were covered in nuggets of Platinum and giant precious gems, there isn’t an economic reason to go as bringing material back is far more expensive than the material is worth. The science return would be massive, but basic science knowledge takes time to evolve into a profitable product or process. It’s not something that’s going to boost next quarter’s bottom line. I’d love to see a manned Mars expedition in my lifetime, but I don’t see a private company being able to pull it off unless they have a very plausible way to have the trip pay for itself. In the mean time, it’s up to NASA, ESA and other nation’s space agencies to continue sending missions that better our understanding of what conditions and resources are there and that can be relied on when a manned mission is finally mounted.

    1. the part that is overlooked is ….that elon musk wants taxpayers to fund it all for him

  5. Musk is just downright silly a good deal of the time.

    Of course, it just so happens, that this kind of promotional bilge serves the interests of his rockets, things which receive many hidden subsidies from America’s military establishment.

    Musk is pretty clever fellow, but he is most talented at self-promotion and hyping his companies.

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