Musk Outlines Mars Mission on Reddit
October 24, 2016
SpaceX founder Elon Musk took to internet social media site Reddit to
explain his plans to colonize Mars.
Musk went on the site Sunday for an “ask me anything” session in which
users could ask him questions about his plan to send up to one million
people to the Red Planet sometime in the next 40 to 100 years.
Musk said the plan would begin with unmanned cargo missions, "Initially
just to make sure we know how to land without adding a crater and then
to figure out the best way to get water for the CH4/O2 Sabatier
The first manned crew would be tasked with building a simple base and a
Then, would-be colonists would make their way to the base in increasing
numbers until it becomes self-sustaining.
will aim to release details of the habitation section when we have
actual live mock ups. Maybe in a year or two,"Musk answered.
In another answer, Musk said the "biggest question [for the
Interplanetary Transport System] right now is sealing the carbon fiber
tanks against [cryogenic] propellant with hot autogenous
"The oxygen tank also has an oxidation risk problem as it is pressurized
with pure, hot oxygen," he said. "Will almost certainly need to apply an
inert layer of some kind. Hopefully, something that can be sprayed. If
need be, will use thin sheets of invar welded together on the inside."
Musk admitted much of the technology needed for such an endeavor has yet
to be developed.
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