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Old 11-27-2012, 10:09 AM   #1
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Would You Go To Mars?

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Elon Musk envisions small town of VEGETARIANS ON MARS

Offers $500k one way tickets to 'people in their mid 40s'

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Posted in Science, 27th November 2012 11:55 GMT

Billionaire space pioneer Elon Musk wants to get a Martian colony of 80,000 people up and running by ferrying folks out there for $500,000 a trip.
Mars

Musk wants to start his colony on Mars with just ten people or so, who would fly to the planet on a huge reusable rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane.

"At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilisation and grow it into something really big," Musk told an audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, according to Space.com.

He reckons the price tag for a ride to the Red Planet has to be (relatively) affordable.

"The ticket price needs to be low enough that most people in advanced countries, in their mid-forties or something like that, could put together enough money to make the trip," he said.

The first folks heading to Mars would have machines to produce fertiliser, oxygen and methane from Mars' atmosphere and subsurface water ice with them on the big booster, as well as construction materials to build big transparent domes to grow Earth crops in.

Musk is working on a big reusable rocket right now, which is rumoured to be called an MCT - Mass Cargo Transport or Mars Colony Transport.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11...k_mars_colony/
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:15 AM   #2
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Would be interesting. But one way? Didn't want to do that, and not for that price. Pay me to go and get me home after a year, then we can talk. Otherwise, nah.

Would love to observe how plant life would cope on the planet though.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:17 AM   #3
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:06 PM   #4
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The first folks heading to Mars would have machines to produce fertiliser, oxygen and methane from Mars' atmosphere and subsurface water ice with them on the big booster, as well as construction materials to build big transparent domes to grow Earth crops in.
Does he know something Mars and its atmosphere that I have not heard? I would not have been interested in my 40's, still not interested in my 50's, and would only ever be interested when I thought I was near death.* Being the first human buried on Mars might be sort of cool.

*Not to mention that I've much better uses for $500, 000 right here on Earth.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:20 PM   #5
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Does he know something Mars and its atmosphere that I have not heard? I would not have been interested in my 40's, still not interested in my 50's, and would only ever be interested when I thought I was near death.* Being the first human buried on Mars might be sort of cool.

*Not to mention that I've much better uses for $500, 000 right here on Earth.
I didn't see him volunteering to be on the first boat out. Maybe says something about how he became one of the richest men in the world eh?
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I would love to go to Mars. In fact my dream is to be the first human to ever set foot on Mars and once there I'd stay there cause I'd be done with this stupid earth. And from there nobody else would be allowed on Mars as I would consider it an act of war and invasion. I would then have to strike back and destroy the earth.
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Would be interesting. But one way? Didn't want to do that, and not for that price. Pay me to go and get me home after a year, then we can talk. Otherwise, nah.
The ticket there is free.

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Old 11-28-2012, 01:22 AM   #8
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:10 AM   #9
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I didn't see him volunteering to be on the first boat out. Maybe says something about how he became one of the richest men in the world eh?
The ultimate Ponzi scheme. Were would you sue?
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...machines to produce fertiliser, oxygen and methane...

Aren't those commonly referred to as "cows"...?
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:24 PM   #12
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Aren't those commonly referred to as "cows"...?
Hmmm,,,, 2 outta 3 eh? No oxygen from cows that I know of.
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