That's A Lot: Elon Musk Wants To Colonize Mars With A Million People To Ensure Humanity's Survival

October 3, 2014


Elon Musk has announced his belief that Mars should be colonized by over a million people by the end of the century to help ensure humanity's survival in the event of a catastrophic event on earth. Haha, too late, Elon! *mashing earth self-destruct button* "THAT WAS CAPS LOCK." SHUT UP I LIKE PRETENDING, OKAY?

As Musk will tell you, Mars is the reason there is a SpaceX, and the best time to go is probably in about 15 or 20 years.

In the mid-2030s, Mars will be about as close to us as it gets. During this window of opportunity Mars will be about 36 million miles away and the travel time measured in months rather than years. As far as the size of the Mars cultural-genetic depot, Musk isn't thinking small. Rather than just a skeleton crew of a few pioneers with Swiss Army Knife-like skill sets, he imagines a colony that grows a million strong in shipments of 100 at a time.

To meet the demand, Musk says he is working on a reusable rocket that can land smoothly and be ready for action again within an hour.

A million people to Mars 100 at a time? That's 10,000 trips. For reference, that's 9,994 more trips than we've taken to the moon. Sounds ambitious. Besides, who says humanity even deserves to survive beyond earth? We're just gonna run out and be jerks all across the galaxy? The other aliens are going to hate us. FUN FACT: when aliens play video games and watch movies about another alien race coming to destroy their home planet, THAT'S US -- we are those @$$holes. *mashing earth self destruct button again* DAMN, STILL CAPS LOCK.

Thanks to christian and TJ, who volunteered to go to Mars, but only if they could be shot out of a cannon.

  • Closet Nerd

    Is Elon Musk related to Jovan Musk?!
    That cologne smells horrible!
    Reminds me of the 90's and Fila high tops
    ....just sayin

  • asdfadfs

    mars colony is stupid for many reasons....the *real* way to ensure human survival is generational colony ships to nowhere.

  • coldspring22 .

    can you build one now? Who will pay for it? One way suicide mission to nowhere?

  • Jaco Bobo

    when you look how we do on EARTH , is it a good idea to colonize other planets ?
    ensuring humanity's survival on another planet instead of focusing on EARTH is so selfish and Egocentric ...

    I think religions failed to focus on Mother Earth
    and I pissed with the politics that still tell in 2014

    to increase the birth rate
    to pay governements debts ...

  • asdfadfs

    why not?

    the other planets are lifeless shitholes, how much could humans possibly fuck them up?


    Centuries from now, more advanced civilizations will look upon our records and see the line "the other planets are lifeless shitholes, how much could humans possibly fuck them up?" and scoff at the negligence of our race.

    The answer is a lot. We can, have, and will fuck up.

    The fact of the matter is that while I agree it is important for humans to colonize other celestial bodies, we are far from such a time - not from lack of technological means but rather by the immaturity of our young species and its inability to coordinate between nations while we still bicker over petty things like skin pigmentation or heritage.

    The sooner humanity unites, the sooner we bring down the walls we put up to wave our differences in prideful superiority, the sooner we will be able to climb to the heavens.

  • captaindash

    ...where we will be a united front. United fronts tend to get all defensive and shiz. That leads to confrontation. I don't think we can avoid being douchebags as a civilization. Then again, we're arrogantly assuming that our version of 'morality' is the same as it would be to other aliens and we'd all get along. Hell every few years our own 'morals' on earth change drastically, so how this would work with other worlds is beyond me. I say it's a bad idea and GW shares my view of us being the asshole invading aliens. He just says it funnier.

  • Jfdelman

    1m? We need to get 7.9b off this planet.

  • Ollie Williams

    I would totally sign up.

  • RareAwesomeman

    if Ollie goes, i go. there's only one weather man for this guy.

  • ProdigyJX

    I'm coming with.

  • steve holt

    I've got a rocket that lands smoothly and is ready for action again in an hour

  • just1nw

    "Sorry Steve, your rocket just isn't big enough, not to mention it wouldn't survive atmospheric re-entry :\"


  • asdfadfs

    seems liike a good how do you decide the breakdown of who gets sent?

    i mean if its all from one country or race they would now "win" if earth got nuked

  • Ed

    Colonizing Mars is a terrible idea. Mars does not have an atmosphere capable of supporting breathing, farming, or liquid water; and it never will no matter how hard we try, because it does not have enough gravity to hold such an atmosphere.

    Any humans would have to live forever in climate controlled pods, which could be built much easier here on earth. Also if there is a catastrophe here on Earth there is a chance after such catastrophe we could one day again leave our pods, while all the "colonists" on Mars would be long dead if they were still relying on Earth for even a single resource.

  • expansivemango

    Still, it's much easier than giving poor people your billions of dollars... Baaam!!!

  • asdfadfs

    so things suck on mars/the moon/underwater and you stay in domes(or underground or whatever)...i think we can live with the domes. right now we've got all our eggs in just one basket while also having the technology for just a couple guys to decide to punch a gaping hole in that basket from the inside.
    and thats ignoring natural disasters, only takes one good asteroid or super plague(ok that'd probably be at least slightly manmade) or something

    no harm in being cautious if you can find the volunteers and a country(or 7) willing to spare the expense

  • ODwanKenObi

    But if we never leave earth, we will never be able to venture outside of our solar system. We will never explore our galaxy. We will forever be confined to our perfect, tiny, beautiful green and blue marble in an immense universe just begging us to find out what might be waiting for us. Our species is driven to explore. Has been as long as we have been on this planet. It is only natural we continue past our planet onwards to the stars. It is ingrained in our DNA. Our minds, curiosities and our imaginations will always push us on. Mars is a mere stepping stone in our continued adventures in space. It only saddens me to know none of us will be here to see it when we get to wherever it is we are meant to go.

  • coldspring22 .

    Yes, but who said we have to colonize Mars first? Moon is about 200 - 1500 times closer than mars and it's nearly as habitable as Mars. Establishing first colony on Moon will help us test/develop all the necessary technologies to take the next step be it free floating self sufficient space stations or other planets. If Musk wants to send million people to mars, fine, but he should go there first and stay there permanently, dead or alive.

  • Guest

    Meant to go?

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