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10.31.20
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Elon Musk Says He’ll Put A Million People on Mars By 2050

__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Off World
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Going Multiplanetary

In a series of Thursday evening tweets, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed new details about his plans to colonize Mars.

In theory, 1,000 Starships could eventually send “maybe around 100k people per Earth-Mars orbital sync,” Musk tweeted. “That’s the goal,” he added.

Musk envisions these ships departing Earth orbit over a 30-day period, the window of time when Earth and Mars are best aligned to make the trip, every 26 months.

When a Twitter user asked him if that would equate to one million people on Mars by 2050, Musk responded with a simple “yes.”

1000 Starships

According to Musk, you’ll need a crazy amount of cargo capacity to build a human colony on a faraway planet.

“Megatons per year to orbit are needed for life to become multiplanetary,” he tweeted.

Each Starship could deliver more than 100 tons per flight, meaning that every ten ships could “yield one megaton per year to orbit,” Musk calculated.

Martian Society

And once humans arrive, there will be plenty to do.

“There will be a lot of jobs on Mars!” Musk tweeted.

It’s a fun thought experiment — and needless to say, SpaceX has its work cut out to realize Musk’s ambitious vision.

READ MORE: Elon Musk drops details for SpaceX Mars mega-colony [CNET]

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