Space.com – Elon Musk, the billionaire founder and CEO of the private spaceflight company SpaceX, wants to help establish a Mars colony of up to 80,000 people by ferrying explorers to the Red Planet for perhaps $500,000 a trip.
In Musk’s vision, the ambitious Mars settlement program would start with a pioneering group of fewer than 10 people, who would journey to the Red Planet aboard a huge reusable rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane.
“At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilization and grow it into something really big,” Musk told an audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on Friday (Nov. 16)
Elon Musk lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society
Elon Musk was the guest of honour at the Royal Aeronautical Society to present a lecture entitled ‘SpaceX and the future of space exploration’.
The packed lecture was also notable in that the audience saw Elon Musk presented with the Royal Aeronautical’s Society’s highest award – a Gold Medal. This award has been presented since 1909 when the first Gold Medal was given to the Wright Brothers. It is the most prestigious award in global aerospace honouring expectional contributions and acheivements.