Guest Post - Elon Musk's Plan for Mars

Here is a guest blog post by John Hawthorne from IQS Directory

Elon Musk’s Mission To Mars (Is This Even Possible?)
John Hawthorne, October 25, 2017

In the movie The Martian, Matt Damon is stranded on the planet Mars after his crew is caught in a rip-roaring sand storm. The crew is forced to evacuate the planet, leaving Damon to fend for himself and survive the harsh climate. Thankfully, Damon is the ultimate survivor. He’s survived numerous assassination attempts in the Bourne Identity series, fought off freakish monsters in The Wall, and somehow survived another space disaster in Interstellar. If anything, he can handle a little loneliness on Mars. Thanks to his ingenuity and mechanical genius, he manages to create a shelter, grow potatoes, and eventually be rescued. It’s like Apollo 13 has a one night stand with Castaway.

And while all this may seem absurd and far fetched, Elon Musk wants to make this, and a whole lot more happen. In approximately six years. Yes, this may gargantuan plan may seem a bit odd given that Musk and his SpaceX crew struggled mightily simply to get a rocket to land on a platform in the middle of the ocean.

But Musk doesn’t seem intimidated. He has a very specific plan for how he will get a rocket to Mars, as well as what will happen to make it the planet livable. Like I said, this is The Martian on a massive dose of steroids.

Introducing The Big F****** Rocket

Musk’s ambitious plan centers around a rocket that he affectionately calls the “BFR” (Big F******* Rocket). When will this monstrosity take to the skies? He plans to have it space-borne by 2022, with four of them headed to Mars by 2024. The innovator recently unveiled plans for a new spacecraft that he says would allow humans to colonize Mars, build a base on the moon, and travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour.

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