lon Musk, the magnate who founded both SpaceX and Tesla, has a lot of really big ideas — and the money to make them happen. Last week he gave a speech at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, where he unveiled his vision to colonize Mars.
The plans themselves look beautiful, but many still wondered about, well, exactly how this is all going to work.
Elon Musk is a man with many big ideas.
He’s been focused for a long time on revolutionizing the way humans travel. As the founder of Tesla, he had a hand in the first ever mass-produced electric car to hit the road. He’s also very good at posing for photos.
Musk also recently claimed to be working on a vacuum-tube train system dubbed the "Hyperloop."
Over the summer he announced he’d been given the go ahead to begin work on a high speed train line that would take riders from New York City to Washington D.C. in half an hour. A lofty goal considering it takes almost twice as long to reach several parts of Brooklyn from Manhattan.
He's long set his sights on colonizing Mars.
Musk has the will and he has the technology. But in the meantime, he’s said he might be able to make it so humans can travel to almost anywhere on Earth in an hour. So you could get from New York to Shanghai before the subway could get you from the West Village to Yankee Stadium.
But Mars is still very much on Musk's mind.
It’s just, you know, he needs to revolutionize how the entire planet we’re currently on functions first. Then, of course, he can work on creating a whole new one. Using a rocket to Mars he’s adeptly named the BFR (Big F*cking Rocket). It’s important to take on endeavors like this in baby steps.
Last week, he got more specific than ever about his Mars plans.
Musk not only announced that by 2024 he plans to have humans actually colonizing Mars, but he also started to unveil how the settlement would look, and the pictures, to say the least, are breathtaking.
Check them out on the next page.