Musk: The sun will eventually swallow the earth and send millions of people to Mars in 2050
Space X CEO Elon Musk revealed in an interview a few days ago that in order to ensure the long-term survival of humans on Mars, the interstellar spacecraft being developed by SpaceX will be the key to the plan.
Musk revealed that the interstellar spacecraft will achieve manned flight within two years at the earliest. He also revealed details of the interstellar spacecraft that sent humans to Mars.
▲ Earlier this year, Musk celebrated the first launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft
Space X is currently building and testing interplanetary spacecraft at a large facility in Boca Chica, Texas. Musk also revealed that they will launch an interstellar spacecraft around August 2021.
Musk said: “Our spacecraft will first operate in an unmanned automatic mode.” He also added that the spacecraft will be able to achieve safe manned flight in two years at the earliest. “There will be no problem in three years.”
Musk also said that the sun will eventually “expand and swallow the earth,” so humans must go to Mars to establish an interstellar civilization . “This will definitely happen, but it won’t happen soon,” he added.
At the same time, when asked if I have plans to take an interstellar spacecraft to space, Musk said that he does not rule out this idea, but he has not seriously thought about it.
It was previously reported that Space X needs to produce 1,000 interstellar spacecraft to maintain the operation of a Martian city. In order to achieve the goal of sending 1 million people to Mars by 2050, Space X needs to launch about 3 interstellar spacecraft every day, carrying 100 people each time. Musk believes that his company can achieve this goal.
Musk pointed out that Space X can “reduce the cost of entering space by using advanced technology and manufacturing reusable rockets. This saves a lot of money because reusability is very important for humans to enter space.”
He said: “It’s crazy to make rockets a one-time consumable.” Musk thinks it is too “crazy” to make a machine that falls into the ocean and leaves debris on the bottom of the sea.
Space X released its first interstellar spacecraft prototype in 2019, and its main goal is to send humans to Mars. However, Musk’s original plan was to send the interstellar spacecraft into low Earth orbit in March of this year and achieve manned flight by the end of the year.
However, due to some problems in the interstellar spacecraft project since 2019, Space X adjusted the original plan.
Although Musk wants to ensure that civilization “continuously progresses over time,” he also fears that humanity will slow down and “we are getting old.”
Despite the difficulties and competition, Musk is not worried about the company’s delays. “No one has ever made a fully reusable orbital rocket. So just having these is already very important.”
SpaceX is currently competing with Amazon’s first executive Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and other private companies in the space industry. Each company uses different methods to ensure that humans can survive in space.
“If you have an advanced rocket, you can decide whether you want to live on a space station or on Mars,” Musk said. He thinks there is still a long way to go, “We can’t even return to the moon yet.”