After celebrating the success of Crew Dragon's human test flight to the International Space Station (ISS), Elon Musk of SpaceX talked about relocating the human race to Mars. For Musk, traveling to another planet will prevent the total extinction of humans due to the destruction of Earth.
SpaceX and Musk recently caught the attention of the world once again after launching the company's first human flight to the ISS. It was regarded as a historic mission since it marked the first time that NASA's astronauts were launched into space from U.S. soil in about a decade.
Establishing Multi-Planetary Travel With Starship
After successfully launching the mission, it seems Musk has shifted his attention to another major project. Through his recent tweets, Musk discussed SpaceX's Starship project, which is focused on developing a fully reusable launch vehicle. In the past, Musk noted that the Starship would be capable of carrying out commercial passenger and cargo flights to other planets.
On Twitter, Musk talked about how Starship would eventually be used to establish a colony on another planet such as Mars. According to Musk, the vessel would provide humans with the opportunity to extend the reach of civilization. "Starship is the key to making life multi-planetary & protecting the light of consciousness," he stated.
Escaping Earth's Inevitable Destruction
In response to his statement, one of his followers talked about the importance of establishing a multi-planetary society due to the status of the Sun. As noted by Musk's follower, once the Sun reaches the end of its life cycle billions of years from now, it will expand and kill off all life on Earth.
In order to ensure that civilization survives the impending catastrophic event, Musk noted that humans should start working on crewed flights to Mars. From there, scientists can start studying ways on how a sustainable outpost and colony can be established on the Red Planet. "That's when all life on Earth will be boiled off," he stated. "What matters is how long civilization is capable of making the jump to Mars. This could be a very short period of time measured in decades. It took 4.5 billion years to get to this point & civilization isn't looking super stable."