Are you rich, bored and worried about the future? A new and exciting life on Mars could be yours for the low one-time fee of half a million dollars!
South African entrepreneur Elon Musk is many things: eccentric character, co-founder of PayPal and Telsa Motors, billionaire many times over. He’s also very, very concerned about the future of the human race, and he wants to let you know about his unconventional solution to our approaching overpopulation/natural resources crisis: move to Mars and join a settlement free from the nefarious influence of God and government!
That’s right—in one of the year’s most bizarre PR stunts, Musk recently announced his super-cool plans to build a permanent colony of approximately 80,000 obscenely wealthy individuals on the Red Planet through another one of his companies, a venture called SpaceX that he created to “revolutionize space transportation, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.”
Millions of people needed for Mars colony, so 80k+ would just be the number moving to Mars per year news.yahoo.com/huge-mars-colo…
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 27, 2012
What, you don’t think he’s serious?
While Musk does “in fact know that this sounds crazy”, he told Bloomberg “I want to die on Mars”. Certainly doesn’t seem like he’s kidding.
Others take him seriously as well: He recently won the Royal Aeronautical Society’s gold medal for “his contribution to the commercialization of space” (how is that a thing?!?) and told members in an acceptance speech that Mars may eventually host a “self-sustaining civilization” that will “grow it into something really big.”
Musk believes that SpaceX can launch the first manned expedition to Mars within 10-15 years, after which he will send 10 people to the Red Planet on a “huge reusable rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane”, equipping them “with supplies to build transparent domes” in order to avoid that whole deadly oxygen-free atmosphere thing.
So are these the ramblings of a crackpot or the dreams of a visionary? We’re not quite sure, but it all makes for a nice PR stunt, doesn’t it?
We say there’s only one thing left to do: