It's the next great frontier for our species. We've left the planet, landed on the Moon, and even lived in space for a duration. Now it's time to live on another planet, and SpaceX's founder Elon Musk today announced plans on how that would work.
So let's say this comes to fruition. SpaceX builds a giant, self-sustainable city on Mars. This might not come off for 40 or 50 years at the earliest, but let's say it does.
Would you move planets?
I can't help but feel it would be a wonderful way to end a life. I'm thinking about in the sense of how old I'd be by the time this comes together. I'm nearly 30 now, and so I'd be just nearing or having just begun retirement by the time the option of being a Mars colonist is available to me.
Sure, it might cost whatever my retirement savings ends up being. Hell, I might not be able to afford it. And SpaceX might not want old people. But I like the idea of living out my last days having seen a glimpse of what the next thousand years holds.
What about yourselves? If given the option to become a Mars colonist, would you do it? Would you walk away from all the trappings and comforts of Earth to be a part of history?