SpaceX’s plan to colonize Mars, explained

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Elon Musk gave the biggest talk of his life in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he detailed his plans to set up a self-sustaining colony of 1 million people on Mars. He knows the rockets and spaceships he wants to build, but many questions still need to be answered if he wants to pull off such an ambitious feat. The Verge’s Loren Grush breaks down some of the challenges with input from Bill Nye (CEO of The Planetary Society) and Will Pomerantz (VP Special Projects, Virgin Galactic).

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44 thoughts on “SpaceX’s plan to colonize Mars, explained

  • September 30, 2018 at 12:07 am

    sending them into mars orbit path and have them wait for mars so yes 1000 sent to mars so good etc is there is possible

  • October 2, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    What about space radiation? And specially Van Allen's radiation belt? So probbly Mars have some ''Van Allen's radiation belt'' aswell.. so people will die in space or die on Mars from received radiation. So when Mask will create some small machine to produce a magnetic field for space shuttles then people will colonize Mars

  • October 5, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Bring some people from Guadalahara, Mexico. Anyway, they will die from drug violence, so send them to Mars.

  • October 6, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Who's going to help the colonists move and rehab when they get to Mars? There will be no one there…if you see the astronuts come to the surface after 4 months stays in space they need people to help them move and rehab. They rehab for months…space travel and colonization of planets are just more complicated than making a super cool rocket with 12 Merlin engines…but if you look at how the gravity accelerate s death on space then the space ships are not actually that cool.. Plus it's not super cool if traveling in the rocket accelerates death…

  • October 7, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Of course, it is going to take audacious people and the push
    and pull of major issues needing to be overcome for humanity to finally be able
    to achieve something on this scale. This is going to take game changing
    technology and creativity with every tool, trick, talent and strength known to
    mankind to achieve, but isn’t that what separates us from mediocrity

  • October 9, 2018 at 8:43 am

    elon musk is clearly on NZT-48 and i wanna be the brian to his edward morah

  • October 11, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    elon is talking in future context and you frame it like he thinks we can send 1000 rockets pretty much right away… 100 years ago when somone was like in 50 years there will be hundreds of plains in the air all the time carting people around people were like umm yeah right keep dreaming.. some people have such stunted thought processes and next to no imagination.. there are issues with the mars plan but you didnt touch a single one.. cause face it.. you dont know that much about space lol

  • October 12, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Good review. You point out many of the major issues with the plans for Mars. This is the only review of SpaceX that has brought up the issues of radiation, microgravity, costs, and the only one that has suggested "do the math' on some of the claims made. SpaceX has become an impressive contender in the space launch business. What other aerospace CEO draws enthusiastic crowds to hear him speak? It is good to be enthusiastic, but that won't get anyone to Mars, or change the reality of space travel. Mars is a nasty place, nearly as bad a the moon, and a lot farther away. People seem to forget that fact. Antarctica is a paradise by comparison.

  • October 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Bill Nye, "nothing to drink at the south pole" Really? How about snow and ice. How about heat and drink.

  • October 15, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Elon I am trying to get a education with NASA Jet Propulsion Program; i have a mysterious 1 million dollars entitled MARS with a picture of the planet i want to help as engineer no money required initially but i think will have fun.

  • October 16, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I think there would need to be some sort of compulsory physical exercise program to ensure the inhabitants weren't severely weakened. Maybe work it into the school system that develops there.

  • October 16, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    If SpaceX expects to mfr fuel out of Mars' atmosphere they're behind schedule. They should have a launchable, scalable processing plant ready to go, with a return rocket on the same plan as human cargo as a proof of concept going up next year.

  • October 20, 2018 at 12:20 am

    (I say this in every single video about him)

  • October 20, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I hope elon can produce more then just cgi animations and 60 years of waste of government resources

  • October 21, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I am for this mission I want to send the entire Congress and the 17 Intell agencies there!

  • October 24, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Elon, I know I speak for millions of fellow earthlings when I implore you to spend a small amount of money and go excavate at Puma Punku Bolivia. My personal favorite, and one of many lost, technologically advanced civilizations across the very ancient world from South America to India to Giza. Existing 12,000 b.c. before cataclysms destroyed and buried them…except for their mind-bending megalithic stone structures. Most of which we could not duplicate today…too big – too heavy. Don't you want to know who we REALLY were? Mars? Been there – seen that!

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  • October 26, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Humans cant even take care of the Earth(or each other),so this is like a crackhead spending all her money on crack to sell so she can pay the rent..

  • October 27, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Musk is an excellent salesman. Colonizing Mars? Well, that's a bit more complicated than selling Teslas to affluent hipsters.
    For the time being man simply cannot travel to Mars. And even when the trip will be possible (at least 25 or 30 years from now), there will be no need for a colony. No matter what happens to the environment on Earth, including a nuclear war or an asteroid crash, it will still be much better than the martian environment.
    There's also no financial appeal: any resource that could exist on Mars would be far to expensive to exploit/transport on Earth. And of course the cost of sending thousands of people to Mars would be immense.
    And forget about terraforming. We are unable to effectively reverse climate change on our own comfortable planet.

  • October 27, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    The only reason you would want to live on Mars is when there is no possible way to get back. That's when evolution would start on Mars.

  • October 28, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Why do we need to go to mars when we have a lot of huge vacant lot., lets just develop those hugr land..

  • October 29, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Instead of fixing earth they want to colonize and ruin another planet

  • October 31, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Seriously, temperature is -75 to 20 C, gravity 3.7 and 95% co2, why wanna colonise on mars, will have to live like in quarantine.

  • November 2, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Good luck, bon voyage. Everyone WILL die trying to get to and colonise Mars. We are biological beings designed to live within the earth biosphere. Plants will not grow on mars, women’s ovulation cycles will be disrupted being removed from the moon. Gravity and radiation is a problem. The list goes on and on.

  • November 3, 2018 at 1:52 am

    i won't be happy 'til i can explore Uranus.

  • November 4, 2018 at 11:21 am

    He could spend all that money to fix the earth instead because without earth he have no resourcsres for Mars

  • November 4, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    By the time this happens spaceX tech will be obsolete.

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