Imagine a future where humans are capable of choosing whether to live on Earth, Moon, or Mars... It would be a future filled with excitement. Creating a spacefaring civilization will offer humanity endless possibilities to advance our technology, protect our species, and explore the galaxy to expand our knowledge of how life evolved in the universe. For SpaceX founder Elon Musk, becoming multiplanetary is very important to preserve our species. He has worked to create successful companies that will enable him to fund humanity’s future among the stars. “I am accumulating resources to help make life multiplanetary & extend the light of consciousness to the stars,” Musk said on Saturday evening via Twitter.
I am accumulating resources to help make life multiplanetary & extend the light of consciousness to the stars— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 21, 2021
Unlike most millionaires, Musk is using his wealth to create a better future for humanity. He aspires to manufacture a fleet of at least one thousand Starship launch vehicles that will enable humans to build a base on the Moon and a sustainable colony on Mars to protect our species long-term. “The future of humanity is going to bifurcate in two directions: Either it’s going to become multi-planetary, or it’s going to remain confined to one planet and eventually there’s going to be an extinction event,” Musk previously said. Therefore, it is vital to enable humans to live outside of Earth and develop the necessary spacecraft and technology to make it possible. Musk hires the best best engineers and staff at SpaceX that work around-the-clock towards making the ambitious goal a reality. The Starship spacecraft and its Super Heavy rocket booster are under development at the SpaceX South Texas Launch Facility located at Boca Chica Beach where stainless-steel prototypes of the launch vehicle are undergoing testing. This year the aerospace company test launched multiple Starship prototypes and is already preparing to perform another high-altitude flight test with the Starship SN11 vehicle next week, pictured below.
Musk said last year it is 'essential' for SpaceX to increase the rate of innovation to make life multiplanetary in his lifetime, and predicted an uncrewed Starship could land on Mars' surface by the year 2024 if SpaceX's rate of innovation grows 'exponentially.' The first mission to Mars will consist of taking tons of cargo humans will need to survive on the rough Martian environment. Vital things like Oxygen and food will be transported first, so, when the first astronauts arrive, they will have more survival resources on the Red Planet. The company targets to launch the first crewed voyage to Mars by 2026. You can watch SpaceX South Texas Starship Launch Pad Live operations 24/7 in the video below, courtesy of LabPadre via YouTube.
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About the Author
Evelyn J. Arevalo joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover news as a Space Journalist and SpaceX Starbase Texas Correspondent. Evelyn is specialized in rocketry and space exploration. The main topics she covers are SpaceX and NASA.