SpaceX’s Elon Musk has a visionary space agenda for Mars.
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Dangers await humans on Mars as Elon Musk sets his sights on colonization.

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“There really is only one true home for us—and we’re already here,” explains science journalist Shannon Stirone, featured on the March 4th broadcast of CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to Stirone’s article — “Mars Is a Hellhole – Colonizing the red planet is a ridiculous way to help humanity” — published in The Atlantic at:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/02/mars-is-no-earth/618133/

For info on her opinion, go to this CNBC link at:

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/04/dangers-await-humans-on-mars-as-elon-musk-eyes-colonization.html

One Response to “Message to Musk: “Mars Is a Hellhole” – Colonizing the Red Planet is No Way to Help Humanity”

  • Have you noticed that private space efforts are hit with diametrically opposing objections?

    – Stirone posts the hoary critique: Space is a horrible and worthless wasteland where humans will never live.

    – A 180 degrees away, there is now the frequently heard call to action: Stop space riches from being looted by private actors just because they get to them first.

    I expect private space efforts will survive the squeeze from these opposing forces, but such attitudes unfortunately add to the many tangible hurdles to space development and settlement.

    Regarding the first objection, people will decide for themselves where to live. Some fraction of humanity has long lived in “hellholes” ranging from scorching deserts to freezing polar regions. Living on Mars with today’s technologies will be far easier and more inviting that it was to live in an Arctic site with the tech of a 1000 years ago.

    Today there are several million people living comfortably above the Arctic Circle. There’s little to stop them from moving to tropical isles but somehow they find the Frigid North an irresistible place to reside.

    If a mere point one percent of the world’s population see Mars and other space locales not as hellholes but as wildly exotic, fantastical, and irresistible places to live and to transform, that will be more than sufficient to create vibrant new communities and cultures.

    And when they get to their space destination, they won’t find lumps of wealth laying on the ground as implied by the second objection. Finding, extracting, and processing space resources will require extremely risky sacrifices of capital, physical effort, time, and personal life.

    Space resources will primarily benefit those living and working in space. If some resources do make it back to Earth, they will represent wealth only if they can be sold at lower prices than when found on earth. If that happens, then the resulting discount benefits everyone. A significant drop in, say, the price of platinum would enable a multitude of new applications for this very adaptable metal that are not currently economical. That discount should be encouraged and incentivized, not threatened with taxes above those that will be paid as with any other business profit.

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