Mars is believed to be populated by up to 100,000 people from Earth before the end of the century, according to the last report. NASA wishes to arrive on Mars by 2030, while Elon Musk is developing its plans to reach the planet way quicker.
Back in 2019, Musk unveiled the estimated cost of establishing a camp on the Red Planet, declaring a “self-sustaining city” that could be developed by 2050. Dr.Robert Zubrin, for example, the chief of the Mars Society and an aerospace engineer, support Musk’s SpaceX.
He detailed: “I am convinced that by the end of the century, the Mars colony will count 10s if not 100,000 residents. And these people will, step by step, using the latest tools and technology, adapt the environment to their needs.”
Mars Could Be Humans’ Second Home
As Musk’s plans of reaching Mars seem unstoppable, NASA got its hopes, too. The space agency set the goal to send the first astronauts on Mars via a two-step mission, called Moon to Mars. NASA will firstly transport humans on the Moon by 2024 and make a permanent center of services on the Moon and in lunar orbit. Then, it will utilize the data gathered from settling the Moon to liftoff humans to the Red Planet.
“The Moon provides an opportunity to test new tools, instruments, and equipment that could be used on Mars, including human habitats, life support systems, and technologies and practices that could help us build self-sustaining outposts away from Earth,” stated NASA.
Between SpaceX and NASA, something bizarre raises. What it seems like a space-Earth-war, it mush end up with a single victory, and sorts are in Musk’s favor. SpaceX set its goal to transport its first uncrewed cargo project to the Red Planet by 2022. Even though, we’re still far from establishing a reliable colony on Mars.