Jun 28, 2017 | Updated: 09:10 PM EDT

Elon Musk Wants To Colonize Mars, And This Is How He Plans To Do It

Jun 19, 2017 07:26 PM EDT

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Last year, SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk revealed that he has plans to send a million people to Mars for a modest sum of $200,000, per person. Now, he's made his plans public by publishing the nitty-gritty details online.

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"By talking about the SpaceX Mars architecture, I want to make Mars seem possible -- make it seem as though it is something that we can do in our lifetime," Musk wrote in the introduction of his elaborate 15-page space adventure plan, which is titled "Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species."

"There really is a way that anyone could go if they wanted to."

In a Reddit thread, Musk said he hopes to get one million people on Mars within the next century through a four-step process, which includes scouting out the terrain, dropping off a fuel-production factory, and sending out a few pioneers to check it out.

Of course, all of the really important details lie within Musk's paper, which also includes a how-to on reducing the price of your one-way ticket to the Red Planet by almost five million percent.

While Musk seems positive this plan will work, he's been cautious about setting any dates in stone. But, has outlined a tentative plan to send willing participants to Mars by 2023.

"Hopefully, we will be able to complete the first development spaceship in maybe about four years, and we will start doing suborbital flights with that," Musk wrote.


 

Then, within the next five to 10 decades, he plans to send a series of missions reusing old equipment to send one million people over to settle down and start a new world.

"Over time, there would be many spaceships. You would ultimately have upwards of 1,000 or more spaceships waiting in orbit. Hence, the Mars Colonial fleet would depart en masse," Musk added. 

 

 

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