While there is no official timeline for humanity’s seemingly inevitable arrival for Mars, the process will begin when NASA arrives back at the Moon in 2024. NASA is set to build a lunar base which will partly act as a jumping-off point on the journey to Mars.
SpaceX is gearing up for the arrival of humans to Mars by promising to deliver internet to the Red Planet.
According to SpaceX’s President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell, the process will see SpaceX establishing a Starlink satellite system to orbit Mars, much like the company is doing on Earth.
Ms Shotwell told Time: “Once we take people to Mars, they’re going to need a capability to communicate.
“In fact, I think it will be even more critical to have a constellation like Starlink around Mars.
“And then, of course, you need to connect the two planets as well, so we make sure we have robust telecom between Mars and back on Earth.”
Ms Shotwell was also keen to stress that, while SpaceX has set its sights on getting people to Mars, it has not given up on Earth.
Instead, by moving to Mars, Ms Shotwell believes humanity has a better chance of saving Earth.
She continued: “I want you to understand that we are not giving up on Earth when we talk about building capability to move humanity to other planets.
“It’s not giving up on Earth, it’s actually just giving humanity another shot in case there were to be some horrible event.”
Mr Musk has warned the first humans who travel to Mars have a very high chance of death almost immediately.
Speaking last month, the South African born billionaire said: “Getting to Mars, I think, is not the fundamental issue.
“The fundamental issue is building a base, building a city on Mars that is self-sustaining.
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“We’re going to build a propellant plant, an initial Mars base – Mars Base Alpha – and then get it to the point where it’s self-sustaining.
“I want to emphasise that this is a very hard and dangerous, difficult thing, not for the faint of heart.
“Good chance you’ll die, it’s going to be tough going, but it will be pretty glorious if it works out.”
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