Dangerous illusion: Astrophysicist criticized Elon Musk’s idea to colonize Mars

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced his intention to relocate a million people to Mars by 2050. However, a well-known astrophysicist and a member of the royal family of Great Britain with the title Astronomer Royal Martin Rees expressed doubts at such a fast pace. The astrophysicist frankly calls Musk’s plans a “dangerous illusion.”

How many astronauts are needed for a successful and long-term mission to Mars? Photo: Unsplash

Rees expressed his views while participating in the House of Lords podcast “Lord Speaker’s Corner,” where he described Musk as an “extraordinary figure with a rather strange character,” which might indicate a growing unpredictability. 

“I don’t think Elon Musk’s plans are realistic. Perhaps only some brave pioneers will be able to live on Mars. The idea of mass migration to avoid Earth’s problems, which he (Elon Musk) and several other space enthusiasts adopted, in my opinion, is a dangerous illusion,” Rees notes.

Lord and astrophysicist Martin Rees. Photo: Andrew Crowley for the Telegraph

Rees suggests financing space research privately, rather than using public funds, as is the case with NASA and SpaceX. The astrophysicist argues that governments should be more careful about crew safety, which makes space programs extremely costly. Therefore, manned missions to Mars will be a very expensive initiative — more expensive than all space programs combined.

“The main part of research in space should be carried out by remotely controlled robots. In cases where it is impossible to do without people, such space missions should be funded by private companies, but not at the expense of public funds,” Rees believes.

Elon Musk. Source: Probusiness

The problems highlighted by Rees relate to the adaptation of the human body to space conditions, which can be extremely harmful to health. Perhaps he is right that it is necessary to solve Earth’s problems first before considering colonization of other planets.

Earlier, we reported on how Elon Musk was pointed to a serious miscalculation in the colonization of Mars.

According to telegraph.co.uk

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