Elon Musk is pretty focused on his mission Mars and to send humans to the red planet by 2026. Musk is clearly enamored by Mars as was apparent in his recent tweet. “Hey babe” is what he wrote to tweet that showed the red planet’s full rotation shared by NASA’s hubble.
A full rotation of the planet Mars (Hubble Captures By NASA) pic.twitter.com/uFHffcM6rN
— Black Hole (@konstructivizm) February 25, 2021
Recently, Musk, the SpaceX and Tesla boss, appeared on the exclusive audio-only Clubhouse app, joining The Good Time Show to talk about his plans to propel humans to Mars.
About Mars specifically, for the first time ever, Musk mentioned a timeline to get humans on the red planet. “Five and a half years,” Musk told hosts Sriram Krishnan and Aarthi Ramamurthy at the beginning of the show, reports CNET. While that’s not a hard deadline. Musk listed a number of caveats — there’s a raft of technological advances that must be made in the intervening years.
“The important thing is that we establish Mars as a self-sustaining civilization,” he said.
The strange thing is the deadline may be a little ambitious, as even USA’s leading space agency, NASA, had a much more different date, one which is seven years after Musk’s time. The Perseverance uncrewed rover will arrive later this month to take rock samples and search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet – but the first humans aren’t due to arrive on a NASA funded rocket until at least 2033.
While Musk is determined and in admiration of his mission to red planet, how will the humans survive there? The answers may not be favourable to Musk’s plans to ‘colonise’ the Mars.
The danger may in fact, not even be external — but internal. A new study found that energy-producing structures in cells might be the reason astronauts face health risk while in space.
Over the years astronauts have reported loss of bone and muscle, while some have developed immune disorders or heart and liver issues – all which have been may be triggered by the same thing.
Frank Borman was probably the first person to barf in space. Borman was part of NASA’s Apollo 8 mission, which lifted off a launch pad in Florida on December 21, 1968. Over the next six days, the mission made history as it circled the moon and returned home. But Borman, who led the mission, became queasy near the beginning. “I threw up a couple of times,” he recalled in an interview in 1999