(OPINION) SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is extremely keen on getting humanity off this planet. And that’s more important than ever given the fact that humanity is staring down the barrel of climate change, comet strikes, and dropping birth rates — not to mention, in his words, “good ol’ nuclear Armageddon.”

During an appearance at the National Academies’ joint meeting of the Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy, Musk elaborated on his ambitious plans to get a permanent base on Mars established. Musk’s concerns are about mitigating the “civilizational risks we that we can potentially mitigate” —

and making humanity multiplanetary is chief among the ways we can do that, according to the CEO. “If you wait long enough, you know, Earth will become uninhabitable,” Musk mused. “So in the long run we are obviously all dead,” he added with a chuckle.


The first few trips to Mars may be a bumpy ride, Musk admitted, referring to how the first Atlantic crossings “were terrible.” At last year’s Humans to Mars summit, Musk also said that building a base on Mars will be “very hard and dangerous.” “Not for the faint of heart,” he added at the time. “Good chance you’ll die. And it’s going to be tough, tough going, but it’ll be pretty glorious if it works out.” READ MORE

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