Come hell or high water, Elon Musk is set on sending humans to Mars. And on Tuesday, the billionaire business magnate and tech entrepreneur revealed to the world exactly how he plans to set up a colony on the red planet using Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX.
Humans have two fundamental paths, Musk told people gathered at the 67th International Astronautic Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico: “stay on Earth forever” or “become a space-bearing civilization and a multi-planet species.”
Adopting the latter possibility and colonizing Mars “is the right way to go,” he said.
To get there, SpaceX plans to build a massive “Interplanetary Transport System,” which the company unveiled in a gripping video posted online prior to Musk’s presentation. The company’s engineering models were used to develop the simulated video.
“It’s not just, ‘Well, this is what it might look like,’” Musk said. “This is what we plan to try to make it look like.” .. see more