To maximize the life of humanity so as to survive long-term, tech billionaire Elon Musk is convinced we must colonize Mars. On Tuesday, Musk plans to unveil his plans to save humanity by turning Mars into the next planet where humans can stay.
I think the most important thing is to create a self-sustaining city on Mars. That’s i think the critical thing for maximizing the life of humanity; How long will our civilization last.” – Elon Musk
The announcement is scheduled for Tuesday Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m. EDT during the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico. According to an event description on the IAC’s site:
During a special keynote entitled “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species”, Musk will discuss the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. The technical presentation will focus on potential architectures for colonizing the Red Planet that industry, government and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead.
You can watch SpaceX’s livestream below during the event
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Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and co-founder of PayPal. As of March 2016, he has an estimated net worth of US$13.5 billion, making him the 75th wealthiest person in the US.
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury. Named after the Roman god of war, it is often referred to as the “Red Planet” because the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.