Below is a detailed summary of Elon Musk’s talk on Tuesday.
Why Go to Mars?
- Need to establish a civilization of Mars to ensure continuation of human race
- If we stay on Earth, we risk all life being wiped out in a catastrophe
- Colonizing Mars is different from Apollo because it’s about minimizing existential risk to human and having a sense of adventure
- We could go to the moon, but Mars is much better suited for human life
- Can grow plants on the surface, higher gravity than the moon
- Can eventually terraform the planet
- Terraforming would take a long time and be up to the citizens of Mars