by Ryan Penta
Currently, 7.5 billion people live on Earth and, by 2024, Elon Musk says Mars should have a population ranging between 80,000 to 100,000. Elon Musk is the CEO and CTO of the company known as SpaceX, a company determined to further our knowledge about space.
In just seven years from now, Musk firmly believes we can send rockets to and from Mars, helping to colonize the planet.
Before any humans go, several unmanned missions must be completed to set up a habitable and permanent settlement. Elon Musk’s plan is to send the rocket ship, named Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, to Mars with a select few individuals to establish a colony.
Musk hopes to make the price of a ticket to Mars roughly $200,000. People will live in cabins and have to stay for at least six months as that is how long it will take between the spacecraft missions.
NAHS alumni Erik Braun, an advocate of Mars colonization, gave his input when asked if colonization by 2030 was realistic. Braun, who is currently majoring in chemical science at N.C. State, believes “it is indeed realistic by 2030. It’s will cost loads of money, but Elon Musk has that kind of cash.” Braun continued,“we have the technology to do it, but some problems still need to be worked out. I️ believe that a complete eco transformation of Mars is possible but will take hundreds or even thousands of years to do so. Mars has the building blocks to have sustainable life with the right technology so I️ think it’s only a matter of a decade or two until we have all the kinks worked out and people on Mars.”
Another North Attleboro High alumni, Lilly Fernandes, was asked the same question and her response differed from Braun’s: “Unless they find sustainable resources or an efficient way to supply resources to the residents on Mars, then no, it will take much longer.”
NAHS Earth Science teacher, Mrs. Montagna, thought similarly. Mrs. Montagna, who has taught Earth Science her entire career, stated that she does not think it’s plausible that people will be on Mars by 2030. She stated, The money needed, the research needed, and the resources needed for such a big step is overwhelming in such a short time. I do believe we will get there eventually though.”
Regardless if we make it to Mars by 2030 or not, the amount of money and research needed is extremely immense.
Luckily, Elon Musk has the money and the best minds in the world researching how to colonize Mars. Colonization on Mars would be without a doubt the biggest advancement in human history since the moon landing in 1969, even if the costs are extremely high.
Colonization on Mars
by Ryan Penta