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Musk and SpaceX: Mars is suitable as habitat
The experimental spacecraft succeeded in flying for the first time
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Elon Musk He wants to send humanity to Mars with SpaceX
Elon Musk is a proponent of the idea of a long-term resettlement of humankind on Mars. “You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be wonderful – and that’s all about a civilization in space,” his space company, SpaceX, quotes on the company’s website. “It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than getting out there and staying under the stars.” With the limited availability of raw materials on Earth and the advancement in climate change, the entrepreneur believes that Mars, as humanity’s second home, is crucial to its long-term survival.
Not only is the red planet one of the closest planets on Earth with an average distance of 225 kilometers, it is also half of our current planet from the sun. This means that Mars has sunlight. Additionally, the planet’s atmosphere is said to mainly contain carbon dioxide, which could allow plants to grow. The force of gravity, which should correspond to about 38 percent of Earth’s gravity, can also be used as a Martian force, according to SpaceX on its website. Unlike Earth, a day on Mars lasts about 24 hours and 37 minutes, which means that humanity does not have to get used to the same daily rhythm.
Successful spacecraft test flight – no explosion
With the Starship missile, according to the company “the most powerful launcher in the world”, cargo weighing more than 100 tons should be able to be transported into orbit. The combination of the spacecraft and the “super heavy booster” aims to create a reusable transport system between Earth and Mars. The space transport vehicle can be shipped on Earth and Mars.
Just a few days ago total Fifth test of the missile Completed. Unlike the first four attempts, the prototype did not explode on takeoff, but rose more than 10 kilometers in the air, then turned around, and landed on the ground again after a six-minute flight, according to Deutsche Welle. The company shared a video of the successful test on the Twitter SMS service.
– SpaceX (SpaceX) May 5, 2021
“Elon Musk” himself, who called himself “Emperor of Mars” wrote on his personal Twitter page: “The spacecraft is a symbolic landing!”
Compared to a dangerous expedition in Antarctica
But even if the company praises Mars as a living space and announces the transport connection between the red and blue planets, it cannot be said to be a comfortable travel experience, as reported by CNN Business. In an interview with XPrize founder Peter Diamandis, Musk now admits that going into space can’t be compared to a fun trip. Musk is said to have compared the Mars mission to the Antarctic expedition of the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton between 1914 and 1917, which was announced in a newspaper advertisement at the time. Using the ad, Shackleton was looking for a team to make the first expedition to Antarctica – not hiding the danger to interested parties. “The men wanted a dangerous journey, low wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, permanent danger, a dubious return to the world, and honor and appreciation in the event of success,” CNN Business quoted the ad. Not yet proven.
Space also remains fraught with danger
Regardless of whether Shackleton placed the ad this way or not, the mission was a far cry from a relaxing boat trip that claimed the lives of three people. So the space missions remain dangerous, and CNN continues to write. Accordingly, three astronauts died in a ground test on the NASA Apollo 1 mission in 1967 after the spacecraft capsule caught fire. In the Challenger and Columbia disasters in 1986 and 2003, a total of 14 other astronauts were killed. The situation is similar to the SpaceX Mask’s mission to Mars, as the Tesla CEO admitted last year. “It’s not for the faint of heart,” the businessman said, according to CNN. “You will likely die and it will be difficult … You better be very glorious if you succeed.” In an interview with Diamandis, the visionary emphasized the danger of the mission again: “It’s uncomfortable. It’s a long journey, it might not come back alive.” The missile launch is not the only danger. CNN said that travelers will need airtight areas to stay on the surface of Mars to protect themselves from the toxic air and deadly radiation that prevails on the planet’s surface.
Nuke Mars: Radical modifications necessary
According to CNN, much remains to be done to make Mars truly habitable. In this way, gases can enter the planet’s atmosphere, making it denser and, above all, warmer. Musk himself stated in the past that this process could begin with dropping atomic bombs on the planet’s surface. In the SpaceX online store, matching shirts with the “Nuke Mars” label are sold. The small amount of water on the planet could also be an issue. Musk remains optimistic that his company can soon tour the planet. In December, the Axel Springer Prize businessman announced that people could land on the red planet as early as 2026. “If we’re lucky, maybe four years from now,” Musk was quoted as saying by CNBC. “We want to send an unmanned vehicle there within two years.”
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