Elon Musk on making life multi-planetary

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  1. Christopher says:

    It’s wonderful to me that I’d read this at a time when I’m currently rereading Rendezvous With Rama, which includes a detail about efforts to get Earth’s population under one billion.

    What always catches my attention, though, is the possibility of living on Triton. Oh, if only I could…

  2. TooGoodToCheck says:

    If anyone’s interested, Elon Musk is going to be the guest on The Daily Show tonight.

  3. Gypsy Jim says:

    Some of the more believable sci-fi has already covered terra-forming, which would have to include all manner of flora & fauna, as well as either deliberately or not entirely, microbial involvement too. What would possibly be “wrong” with trying to preserve/conserve as many other earth-evolved DNA systems, besides just humans, as possible?

    The sooner the better people, the sooner the better.

  4. Roy Trumbull says:

    Nice idea if there were another planet with a decent atmosphere and magnetic field. Those two things shelter us from high speed rocks and radiation. Soon as you get into outer space you’re just an egg on the frying pan.

    • Dan Hibiki says:

       that’s why we should be digging up tunnels on mars instead and live in nice happy Vault Tech communities.

      • Finnagain says:

         That sounds.. great.

      • Culturedropout says:

        In all seriousness, though, those caves they’ve been finding “skylights” into on Mars might be just the ticket.  Seal off a few nice-sized caverns, cap the openings with a transparent dome, pressurize it, fill the space below with plants growing in Martian sand mixed with composted food scraps and human waste, maybe spray the walls with some kind of sealant to stop atmospheric loss, and have at it.  Lots of solar energy, shielding from the rocks and radiation.  Heck – I’d live there.

    • taugust says:

       Planets? Where we’re going, we don’t need no stinkin’ planets!
      No, really. Read “The High Frontier” by Gerald K. O’Niell. A planetary surface isn’t necessarily the best place for an industrial civilization.

  5. pierre says:

    I think the idea that humankind needs to move into space to survive as a species to be so damned stupid that it’s laughable.

    How about we stop destroying this planet, and keep it a nice place to live.  Limit population growth (by force if necessary), stop raping the environment.  Move back to a community model of food supply. 

    There is so many legitimate things to be spending money on for our future.  Trying to live in space is not one of them.

    • stillcantfightthedite says:

      The Earth will likely be struck by an meteorite before that happens.

    • TooGoodToCheck says:

      Obligatory XKCD:

      “The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there’s no good reason to go into space–each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision.” 

      • Dan Hibiki says:

         They’re a great find really. All that raw material that was dug up and assembled on the surface in the form of habitats and they even place all the rare materials in solid structures to protect them from decay.

        If you’re lucky you can even scrape up some fissible material that has yet to pass it’s half life… assuming that wasn’t used up to remove the natives to begin with.

      • spejic says:

        Hardly. The extra-planetary society would just be a greater drain on the Earth’s resources. It’s only benefit would be the entertainment it provides as its utopian society of true believers falls apart.

    • miasm says:

      I think that the idea that gravity attracts to be so damned stupid that it’s laughable.
      I think that the idea that all men are created equal to be so damned stupid that it’s laughable.
      Brain assplode.

  6. Travis Funk says:

    Elon is a friend and fan of Total Ghost. Their song, Space Station is the official song for SpaceX. See the youtube video of the song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MezkEiS-6jA Also see the tweet about the song from Elon:  http://twitter.com/#!/elonmusk/statuses/164389972688908289 He’s a really cool guy, doing amazing stuff.

  7. bfarn says:

    The problem with commercial space exploration is that it can only lead to to commercial space colonization, which can only lead to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5x9HXwlkBo

    • stillcantfightthedite says:

      I think it will be more like Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson.  Large corporations will send people to develop Mars and other planetary bodies, but a significant percentage will declare independence once they’ve established themselves.  You’ll be hard pressed to blame them, as the contractual terms will be horrible, given that the terms will create an environment of “taxation without representation”.

  8. An Infinitude of Tortoises says:

    Ambitious fellow, Musk.  He does all this great stuff and still finds the time to attack Wikileaks http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/12/paypal-wikileaks/

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