Elon Musk has said that humans will live in glass domes on Mars before eventually terraforming.
The tech billionaire is an avid space enthusiast and has invested billions in his SpaceX program in an effort to get humans to Mars as quickly as possible.
He recently took to Twitter to share his vision of the future and said he is confident we will secure a base on the planet pretty soon.
In response to a question about what life would look like, Musk wrote, “Life in glass domes in the beginning. Eventually, the terrain was shaped to support life, like Earth.”
Extended at that point, he added: “Terraforming will be too slow to be relevant in our lifetime. However, we can establish a human base their in our lifetime.
“At least one future space civilization – to discover our ruins – will be impressed that humans have come this far.”
Terraforming will be too slow to be relevant in our lifetime. However, we can establish a human base there in our lifetime. At the very least, a future space civilization – to discover our ruins – will be impressed that humans have come this far.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2020
Last month, SpaceX also discussed what life could look like when humans finally manage to land on the red planet.
That the plans were put in place Starlink’s beta consumer service describes it was recently sent to customers.
Under a section entitled Governing Law, Musk’s company draws up its plans for laws on the red planetand said it will rely on its own ‘self-governing principles’, which will be created when the time comes.
The section reads: “For services rendered on Mars or in transit to Mars via Starship or otherwise colonization spacecraft, the parties reknow Mars as a free planet and that no Earthbased the government has authority or sovereignty of Mars activities.
“Therefore, Disputes will be resolved using self-governing principles established in good faith at the time of the March settlement.”
Speaking during the most recent Mars Society’s annual conference, Musk said the settlement on Mars must be self-sufficient and not dependent on Earth.
He said: “This can really come down to: Should we create a self-sufficient city on Mars before or after World War III.
“And I think the likelihood of it being created after World War III – hopefully there will never be a World War 3 – but the likelihood of after is low, so we should try to make the city self-sustaining before any possible World War 3.”
And stopped in September during a virtual ‘Humans to Mars’ conference, the 49-year-old billionaire promised that a Mars solution would be ‘brilliant’, but admitted that it is not without its risks.
He said: “Coming to Mars, I think, is not the basic question.
“The basic question is to build a base, to build a city on Mars that is self-sustaining.
“We need to build a propellant plant, an initial Mars base – Mars Base Alpha – and then bring it to the point where it is self-sufficient.
“I would like to emphasize that this is a very hard and dangerous, difficult thing, not too weak of heart. Good chance you die, it’s going to be hard to walk, but it’s going to be pretty brilliant if it works out. “