Elon Musk defends plan to terraform Mars following NASA report

Elon Musk is sticking to his goal of sending passengers to Mars by 2024.
By Tyler MacDonald | Aug 04, 2018
After a NASA report claimed that it won't be possible to terraform Mars by the 2030s and agreement but other researchers, Elon Musk is firing back.

"Science fiction writers have long featured terraforming, the process of creating an Earth-like or habitable environment on another planet, in their stories," NASA wrote in a statement. "Scientists themselves have proposed terraforming to enable the long-term colonization of Mars."

But the agency claimed that"transforming the inhospitable Martian environment into a place astronauts could explore without life support is not possible without technology well beyond today's capabilities."

Back in 2017, Musk said he wants to land two cargo ships on the Red Planet by 2022 and send passengers to Mars by 2024.

"I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and be ready for a launch in about five years. Five years seems like a long time to me," he said. "Then build up the base, starting with one ship, then multiple ships, then start building out the city, then making the city bigger, and even bigger. And yeah, over time terraforming Mars and making it really a nice place to be."

And in response to a Discovery Magazine article claiming that there isn't enough carbon dioxide to terraform Mars, Musk disagreed.

"There's a massive amount of CO2 on Mars adsorbed into soil that'd be released upon heating," he said. "With enough energy via artificial or natural (sun) fusion, you can terraform almost any large, rocky body."

There seems to be lots of science going against Musk, but he's sticking to his guns.


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