Elon 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.
Musk also recently claimed to be working on a vacuum-tube train system dubbed the "Hyperloop."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.
But Mars is still very much on Musk's mind.
Elon Musk Wants Giant SpaceX Spaceship to Fly People to Mars by 2024 https://t.co/rQDvACxTwe https://t.co/E1WHHkYyab— SPACE.com (@SPACE.com)1506703416.0
Last week, he got more specific than ever about his Mars plans.
Human missions to build colony on Mars will start in 2024, Elon Musk says https://t.co/oUj8U607A9 https://t.co/nqXiJzPkND— The Telegraph (@The Telegraph)1506690300.0
Included are pictures of Mars's storied "blue dusk."
People are already noticing some similarities in terms of the vibe...
SpaceX’s Mars colony proposal…is Burning Man. https://t.co/x2vLzBVU3z— That Dragon Guy (@That Dragon Guy)1506662968.0
But as exciting as his ideas are, people still had questions.
Hey, Elon Musk, what about toilet paper on Mars? - CNET https://t.co/OeP0N2NwLU #charlesmilander #Entrepreneur https://t.co/A9V7J5fsZ1— Charles Milander (@Charles Milander)1506726159.0
Others had far more pressing concerns.
@elonmusk Will you bring cats to Mars? More specifically, kittens?— MGMT (@MGMT)1506690135.0
Leave it to Seth Rogen to ask the question on everyone's mind.
Hey @elonmusk will weed be legal on Mars?— Seth Rogen (@Seth Rogen)1506698441.0
These are other pretty important details to iron out.
Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars with SpaceX but hasn't said how people will survive there https://t.co/8X3Tw45fBs https://t.co/kUUHbLCifu— Business Insider (@Business Insider)1507156174.0