In an exchange on Twitter Friday, Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX stated that humanity’s estimated timeframe to create a self-sustaining civilization on Mars is two to three decades before the first human landing.
“Mars may be a superior fixer of a planet, but it has great potential!” wrote the billionaire.
User @PPathole replied, asking Musk what he believed to be the “timeline for creating a self-sustaining civilization” there.
” 20 years ? Self-sufficient, i.e. not counting/[dependent] on Earth for supplies,” he said.
“20 to 30 years after the first human landing if the launch rate growth is exponential,” replied the Tesla co-founder. “Assumes the transfer of approximately 100,000 people at each appointment and a total of approximately 1 million people needed.
“Tesla must protect life on Earth, SpaceX to extend life beyond,” Musk said in a separate post.
FILE – Tesla CEO Elon Musk is pictured as he attends the start of production at Tesla’s “Gigafactory” on March 22, 2022, in Gruenheide, southeast of Berlin, Germany. (Photo by PATRICK PLEUL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
This is not the first time that the technology leader discussed the colonization of Mars – or the moon.
He previously touted the idea of becoming a “multi-planet species”, building a city on Mars and sending one million people to the Red Planet by 2050.
Earlier this year, he hinted that a crewed mission to Mars could take place as early as 2029.
“Humanity will reach Mars in your lifetime,” he tweeted on July 6.
However, the feasibility or nobility of Elon Musk’s goals remains up for debate.
In this NASA-provided image, the first high-resolution color image to be returned by hazard cameras (Hazcams) of the underside of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover after it landed in the area known as Jezero Crater on 18 February 2021 o
Images of Mars through robotic emissaries like the Perseverance rover show a desolate, rocky, dusty and freezing landscape.
In particular, efforts to NASA’s Artemis program – who will eventually be crewed – have suffered delays.