Musk predicted that life as we know it “will be dramatically improved if we’re a multiplanet species as a spacefaring civilization.” But dramatically improved for who exactly?
Musk’s utopian project aims to see an estimated 1 million people relocate to Mars by 2050, many of whom will need to pay back their journey on arrival. The tech billionaire intends for there to be “loans available for those who don’t have money,” and jobs on the Red Planet for settlers to pay off their debts. Sound familiar? That’s because his plan for colonizing Mars sounds a lot like OG colonialism.
Musk’s Martian pay-away scheme sounds like the setup for an extremely stressful space-mutiny blockbuster or yet another reminder that we have yet to learn from or even acknowledge the failures of colonialism.
Mars One Is a foundation organized with the goal of establishing the first human settlement on Mars, which is 140 million miles from Earth (on average, depending on the position of each planet). Settlers going there wouldn’t return to Earth; they would live on the Red Planet permanently.
The year 2022 was supposed to be when SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy would be launched, carrying the first four colonists. The rest would be launched in regular intervals, and it was planned that by 2031, the number of colonists on Mars would grow to 20.
A cramped little lander with inflatable rooms on Mars will cost something in the neighborhood of $200 million.
Plus transportation. And food, of course. Here’s a full breakdown, infographic-style, from the good people at Neo Mammalian Studios: