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Jobs for the Mars ticket: will Elon Musk become an interplanetary colonial ruler?

Elon Musk is not the first person to dream of colonizing other planets. So far, however, he is probably one of the most capable - not only because of his technical sophistication and inventive talent, but above all because of his money. Since last week, the eccentric entrepreneur has been considered the richest person in the world. However, his current fortune of around 185 billion US dollars is relatively volatile. It stands, grows and falls with the value of Tesla and Space X. If the electric car and aerospace company crashes if it is bankrupt, Musk recently said Axel Springer boss Mathias Döpfner in a highly regarded interview.

It is surprising that such a successful entrepreneur like Musk, who among other things also co-founded the online payment service PayPal, does not seem to have diversified his assets better. In fact, as early as May 2020, Musk made hints of wanting to sell off most of his property in order to free up capital for his most important project - the colonization of Mars and the further development of mankind into an interplanetary species.

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Musk followed up on his announcements and sold several properties worth well over $ 100 million in the past year alone. He needs a place for his six children, of course, but otherwise he doesn't care too much about his own home. Most of the time he sleeps in the offices of his factory buildings or in hotels, and for the remaining days he can simply buy a rental apartment, according to the South African, who is known as a workaholic. Ownership would only restrict it and unnecessarily tie up resources that would be better put into building a city on Mars. "I want to contribute as much as possible to the building of this city myself," says Musk. He also likes to whistle about good neighbors.

Musk wants people to understand how serious he is about his project. If he only accumulates wealth with his companies in order to buy nice things for himself, he makes himself vulnerable to the many critics, he asserts. But it is difficult to accuse him of not acting out of curiosity and a thirst for science. In fact, science now seems to take him very seriously, as shown by the close cooperation with NASA.

Where does he get his motivation from? Musk says that for the first time in around 4.6 billion years on Earth, a time window opens for a species that allows the exploration of other planets. This window could either stay open for a damn long time - which he hopes - or close again soon due to unforeseen things. Amazingly, in an interview with "Business Insider", Musk spoke less about fear of the abrupt end of human life from a meteorite impact or the like than the gradual decline of technical skills - a kind of lethargy that Musk, who is hyperactive in many ways, seems to want to counteract.

However, this is a little contradicting a tweet from 2018 that Musk pinned to the top of his pinboard shortly after it became known that he was the richest person in the world. In it he promised to use half of his fortune for the continued existence of mankind through space exploration, "in the event of a meteorite impact like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs, World War III or human self-destruction".

Mars not plan B

In any case, Mars does not see the red planet as a plan B for our earth, but as the first stop on the long way to an interplanetary species beyond our solar system and into other star systems. The first colonialists on Mars should by no means adjust to a luxury resort, it is much more comparable to the early Antarctic expeditions.

What would his promotion for Mars look like? "It's dangerous, you might die, it will be uncomfortable, it will be a long journey, the food will not be good." For those who survive it will be a fantastic adventure, according to the Space X boss. The South African, who is also a Canadian and US citizen, hopes to use geoengineering to transform the carbon dioxide atmosphere of Mars into an earth-like one in the long term. The fuel for the reusable rockets is also to be obtained on the red planet. He wants to dig for new resources on asteroids.

One million Martians by 2050

According to Musk, the first humans will "quite likely" be on Mars in six years, maybe four. The visionary predicted the first paying Martian tourists for 2018. In two to three years he wants to travel to space himself. And by 2050, the Mars colony should be a million people strong. Legal hurdles are probably the least likely to slow him down. Three rockets are to be launched from Earth every day. Those who cannot afford it - tickets are said to cost around $ 200,000 - will have loans available. There should also be jobs on Mars to pay off the debt, Musk once wrote on Twitter. Comparisons with contract servitude were therefore quickly drawn, even if the travelers will hopefully only embark on the adventure voluntarily.

In order to find as many volunteers as possible, however, you need the largest possible pool of people. This is one of the reasons why he had six children and encourages other people to reproduce as often as possible - especially in those industrialized countries with a low birth rate. For all skeptics who like to talk about the fact that there are already too many people on the planet, Musk says this is just an urban view of the world. There are millions of square kilometers of unpopulated land. Then, of course, the question of resources would still have to be clarified - also on Earth, not just on Mars. (Fabian Sommavilla, January 13th, 2020)