OR WILL THE MOON BE FAR ENOUGH OUT OF HARM'S WAY?
AS NEWSWEEK AND SPACE NEWS BOTH REPORT:
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have a plan. They will help the richest people in the world go to Mars and start over, leaving the other 99 percent to suffer on a dying, warring planet.
While many dream of escaping earth to settle on Mars, billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are working to make it possible. But finding a new home on the red planet will likely only be for the rich, leaving the poor to suffer as earth's environment collapses and conflict breaks out.
This is the unspoken flip side of Musk’s SpaceX and Bezos’s Blue Origin. The space travel companies say they are creating a way for the human species to endure by populating other planets.
But the bottom line is that only the wealthy will have the means to move to Mars. Musk’s target ticket price is $500,000 a person in 2015 dollars, and that’s just to get there.
All this might sound crazy—except it’s not.
WE MUST COLONIZE MARS TO SAVE THJE HUMAN SPECIES.
"Colonizing Mars necessary to save human species from destruction, says NASA chief."
"Humans must colonize Mars to ensure our survival as a species, said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at the opening of the Humans 2 Mars Summit at George Washington University.
"Colonizing Mars (and eventually other solar systems) is the only guarantee against extinction," Bolden said. "Even if some other global catastrophe does not wipe out humankind, eventually our sun will burn out."
BLUE ORIGIN MAKES A GIANT STEP
Last month, Blue Origin advanced the technology of space flight by another important notch. The secretive company launched a rocket 62 miles into space and then landed it upright, like you might see in a sci-fi movie, just a few feet from the rocket’s launchpad. It’s a step toward making reusable rockets, and reusable rockets are absolutely essential to getting the cost of a Mars flight low enough to expand the target market beyond the Forbes 400.
Also in the mix are Richard Branson with his Virgin Galactic and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who funded the nerdily named Stratolaunch Systems. Space is turning into a billionaire-athon.
At least in some circles, building colonies on Mars has entered the realm of the possible. Some writers and scientists think the first brave souls will make the six-month journey to Mars within 10 years, and that’s Musk’s prediction.
Not long after the technology is proven, regular flights of supplies and people will begin. The pioneers will have to build habitable indoor spaces and, later, domed communities.
As this year’s hit movie The Martian showed us, once on Mars it’s possible to grow food, make breathable air and harvest energy from solar panels.
Musk calls Mars “a fixer-upper of a planet,” but by 2040, he says, there should be a thriving colonial Martian town.
The cost of the flight and setting up on another planet will hover well past the means of almost anyone but the super rich.
Where will these wealthy people come from?
Most of the space travel companies so far are American.
What if those companies take mostly Americans?
Will we start a human colony on Mars or an American colony?
REMINDS ME OF THE MOVIE "2012", WHEN THE WORLD FACES CERTAIN DISASTER, BUT THE MOST WEALTHY HAVE HAD "ARKS" BUILT TO SAVE THEM, AND ONLY THE VERY RICH HAVE TICKETS FOR THAT RIDE.
THIS IS REALLY NOTHING NEW.
IN EVERY WAR, THE RICH HAVE SIMPLY MOVED OUT OF WAR'S WAY, MADE MILLIONS SELLING TO "BOTH SIDES", WHILE THE AVERAGE PEOPLE HAVE TO STAY AND TAKE THEIR CHANCES.
THE RECENT RUSH TO FIND AND GET TO A HABITABLE PLANET SURELY HAS A REASON BEHIND IT.
Threat of comet impact with Earth much greater than previously believed, according to new study.
Sixth Mass Extinction Event - Stanford University News
SNOWDEN SAID IT'S SOLAR FLARES, THAT U.S. KNOWS THEY ARE IMMINENT
[There are other more 'credible' websites reporting that, but I chose the one above, "for fun".]
" Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that's new to human history. "
Or, as Michio Kaku has long said, a Carrington Event would stop us all in our tracks for a long time..
GAMMA RAY BURST?
(#7 on the list) Earth also has to contend with incredibly infrequent Gamma-ray bursts – streams of ultra-high energy radiation typically emitted from hypernovae. Although we are bombarded by weak Gamma-ray bursts daily, a burst originating from a nearby system – within 6500 light years away – has the potential to wreak havoc for anything standing in its way.
Disappearance of Earth's Magnetic Field
(#5 on the list)
Inner Solar System Collision?
(#4 on the list)
Earth stops spinning?
WE MAY NEVER KNOW WHAT THAT REASON IS THAT HAS UPED THE ANTE IN THE PAST DECADE OR SO, MADE IT "IMPERATIVE" THAT WE FIND A WAY TO LIVE ELSEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE, BUT IT MAY BE THAT ELON MUSK HAS GIVEN US A CLUE THAT "SOMETHING" IS MAKING SCIENCE, AND THE MEGA-RICH, NERVOUS?
WELL, BON VOYAGE, ALL WHO GO.
AND MAY I ADD...GOOD RIDDANCE.
MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, AFTER THAT DESERTION OF PLANET EARTH, WE CAN SEE A "NEW WORLD", SANS THE ULTRA-ULTRA RICH AND THEIR POLITICAL INFLUENCE?
WOULDN'T IT BE IRONIC IF THE "TOP 1%" BAILED OUT TO MARS AND THEN ONLY EARTH WAS SAVED FROM CATASTROPHE?