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Musk Plans to Send 1 Million People to Mars by 2050

Musk Plans to Send 1 Million People to Mars by 2050
The Siliconreview
20 January, 2020

Elon Musk has revealed new details in regards to his plans to build a city of 1 million people on Mars by 2050. Musk has said that he hopes to build 1,000 Starships – tall, reusable spaceships that SpaceX is developing in South Texas – over the next 10 years. SpaceX would have to produce 100 Starships in a year.  Musk has added that his goal is to launch an average of three Starships per day and to make the flight to Mars available to anyone. "Needs to be such that anyone can go if they want, with loans available for those who don't have money," Musk wrote. He further prompted "There will be a lot of jobs on Mars!"

If the Starships can be made as designed, they would be the most powerful launch system ever created. Each launch would pack enough thrust to send more than 100 tons and 100 people into orbit with each launch.

Musk hasn’t specified exactly what the rockets would carry to Mars but water, food, building materials, tools and advanced life support systems are a must. He estimated that he would need an entire fleet to build a permanent settlement.  "Megatons per year to orbit are needed for life to become multi-planetary," he tweeted on Thursday.

Musk plans on capitalizing the brief period of time that the orbits of Earth and Mars align which comes about every 25 months.