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Royal Astronomer Calls Elon Musk’s Mars Plan A ‘Dangerous Illusion’

Screenshot: TED on YouTube
Screenshot: TED on YouTube

Space X CEO and certified brain genius Elon Musk has claimed in the past that he aims to load a million people into space ships and launch them at Mars before 2050. The space company run by the second-richest man in the world says that colonizing Mars is “necessary for the long-term survival of the human species.” Musk claimed that a crewed mission to Mars will happen in just five years time. Considering that Earth and Mars are only aligned for thirty days every 26 months, all of this is pure pipe dream, and it detracts from solvable problems right here on the planet where we already live.

In a recent episode of Lord Speaker’s Corner, a podcast by the British House of Lords, Lord Rees of Ludlow had a lot to say about Musk’s plan.

“I think there might be a few crazy pioneers living on Mars, just like there are people living at the South Pole, although it’s far less hospitable than the South Pole,” he said. “But the idea of mass migration to avoid the Earth’s problems, which he and a few other space enthusiasts adopt, that, I think, is a dangerous illusion.”