Thursday, February 14, 2013

Retiring On Mars

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, not only wants his company to have a big part in the colonization of Mars-- he personally wants to retire on the Red Planet.

Given Musk's wealth and track record, such a retirement cannot be absolutely ruled out, but it's much more likely that SpaceX will achieve its founder's goal.  After all, when the settlement of Mars begins-- and that's really nowhere on the horizon yet-- the first few decades will be demanding and dangerous for the settlers.  They will be living on a frontier.  Help from Earth, except for communicating with Earth, will be months or years away.  The settlement's margin of survival will be extremely thin.  Mars will be no place to retire.

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