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Gerarddm
06-11-2016, 10:28 PM
Damn. I'm too old, probably. When I was a kid I wanted to be a colonist on Mars. I really hope Musk pulls this off within the next 20 years while I am still around:

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/elon-musk-mars-mission-death/2016/06/11/id/733387/

ron ll
06-11-2016, 10:41 PM
“It’s dangerous and probably people will die — and they’ll know that,” theSpaceX (http://www.spacex.com/) founder and Silicon Valley billionaire told The Washington Post. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/06/10/elon-musk-provides-new-details-on-his-mind-blowing-mission-to-mars/?wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1) “And then they’ll pave the way, and ultimately it will be very safe to go to Mars, and it will very comfortable. But that will be many years in the future.”

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/11/24/00/2EBFFFF900000578-3331188-image-a-52_1448326222292.jpg

Vince Brennan
06-11-2016, 10:43 PM
May I be the first to volunteer my services to condole, sympathise, and perhaps embrace his widow?

willmarsh3
09-27-2016, 09:19 PM
Elon revealed a lot of details today. I'm watching it now. It is quite compelling. Elon goes into great detail about how the rockets would work and the design choices he makes. To me this looks like the best vision yet of how we would get more than just a handful of people there like we sent to the Moon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9olSzNOh8s

Note: you might want to skip to the 20:00 mark since before that is just the intro with "SpaceX" and some stars and music.

LeeG
09-27-2016, 09:39 PM
$.02 a waste of energy. Mars is not a welcoming environment for homo saps. Better to evolve/create homo saps intelligence in machines or an organism suited to Mars or other environments. We evolved for Earth. To live in non Earth environments create non humans.

Ok after listening to him I'm ashamed of my statement. That's a tremendous application of energy for transporting wet human bodies. Just imagine how much more efficient it would be with beings adapted for space travel and sheltering in hostile environments.

Ok, this guy is a trip.

WX
09-27-2016, 10:24 PM
Mass extinction events are a good reason to occupy more than one planet. Also we may well be in the process of making the earth hostile to humans.

LeeG
09-27-2016, 10:39 PM
Mass extinction events are a good reason to occupy more than one planet. Also we may well be in the process of making the earth hostile to humans.

Yep, instead of compresssing mountains of energy to squirt a few humans to Mars evolve humans to live in the gravity well of a changed Earth and the hostile environment outside of it. The vacuum of interplanetary space is not a life rich ocean.

LeeG
09-27-2016, 10:40 PM
Is it just me, or does Elon Musk sound like Donald Trump?

Oh man, it's been a dificult 24 hrs

Gerarddm
09-27-2016, 11:09 PM
Well, my first take is that the wait was worth it. Clearly the man has put some thought into this.

Colonizing Mars is better than creating a sustainable colony at L5 or similar, simply because it has resources that can be tapped. Musk really strikes me, along with Jeff Bezos of Amazon, as real colossi for the 21st century. May they be the Henry Fords of space travel.

If we can get humans to Mars before I croak, I shall die a happy man.

WX
09-28-2016, 12:46 AM
Yep, instead of compresssing mountains of energy to squirt a few humans to Mars evolve humans to live in the gravity well of a changed Earth and the hostile environment outside of it. The vacuum of interplanetary space is not a life rich ocean.
It doesn't help us survive as a species if an errant asteroid pot blacks us into the corner pocket.

Reynard38
09-28-2016, 05:38 AM
When he can sell his gen 3 car at a profit I MIGHT believe his Mars shtick. Until then the jury is out.

Iceboy
09-28-2016, 10:00 AM
“It’s dangerous and probably people will die — and they’ll know that,”
Suppose old Elon should be one of the first to take the risk. Nice he should decide to sacrifice other folks lives in pursuit of his ideas. It goes back to the old saying of never asking someone to do something you wouldn't do yourself. Just my $.02.
Jim....

ron ll
09-28-2016, 10:01 AM
Elon revealed a lot of details today. I'm watching it now. It is quite compelling. Elon goes into great detail about how the rockets would work and the design choices he makes. To me this looks like the best vision yet of how we would get more than just a handful of people there like we sent to the Moon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9olSzNOh8s

Note: you might want to skip to the 20:00 mark since before that is just the intro with "SpaceX" and some stars and music.

I really want to watch this presentation. However the sound quality on this particular video is almost impossible to hear or understand. Does anyone have a link to Musk's presentation with better audio?

Actually I think I just found one. For some reason this one has much better audio.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7Uyfqi_TE8#t=189.019929

Gerarddm
09-28-2016, 10:04 AM
No, I think you have it wrong, Iceboy. People sailing off to the unknown back in the age of exploration knew what they were signing up for too. Think of Musk as the King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of our time, the bankrolled Columbus.

LeeG
09-28-2016, 05:20 PM
It doesn't help us survive as a species if an errant asteroid pot blacks us into the corner pocket.

Which is why it would make sense to be evolved for a non-Earth environment, everything else is not Earth.

Arizona Bay
09-28-2016, 05:40 PM
The evolution will take place on Mars.
It's possible that Martian microbes are what colonized Earth.

I don't think he's going to have any difficulty in finding volunteers, but finding qualified volunteers may be a problem. Don't want to populate the solar system with deplorables, ya know...

I'd go in a flash :D

Hugh Conway
09-28-2016, 05:52 PM
And he distracts from terrestrial failure with a "mission to mars"