When Elon Musk takes the stage of the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sept. 27, it won’t be to rehash terrestrial concerns like a fatal Tesla autopilot crash or a poorly received merger proposal. Instead, the space and electric-car entrepreneur will be talking about realizing his boyhood dream: going to Mars.
Musk’s keynote address, entitled “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species,” will tackle the technical challenges and “potential architectures for colonizing the Red Planet," according to organizers. Translation: huge rockets, big spacecraft. No one has been anticipating the event more eagerly than Musk, who founded Space Exploration Technologies Corp., his rocket-launch company, 14 years ago with the express goal of putting humans on other planets to live and work.
Musk is only one of many reaching for the stars with private enterprise as well as governments. While it seems that interest for these kind of ventures have different goals the end result will be an advancement of science. There even as been an agency created to make rules for interplanetary exploration.
While others have taken on this exploration our government is mired in politics rather than doing what it was created for. The latest is the international space station is falling out of the sky suffering from obsolescence and we as well as others are dependent on others to continue our limited engagement.
All this said, what do you think about working toward a goal of settling other planets. I would like real answers and do the fall back that it is a waster of money while ignoring the many advancements we enjoy resulting from the space program.