Elon Musk: Vegetarians only on Mars colony
Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars. And he won't take any meat eaters along for the ride.
It’s already out there that space entrepreneur Elon Musk has plans to someday colonize Mars, and that those with the means are invited to become a part of his red planet oasis. But there’s a catch we just heard about: Colonists must also be vegetarians.
That’s the word from the RT news network, which published a report this morning saying that Musk —in line with his own personal ideology—said at an event at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London that he will only allow vegetarians to live in his settlement, a city for 80,000 space explorers that he first spoke of back in November.
A ticket to the colony would cost $500,000—with a goal of raising $40 billion—and visitors would be sent into space on a rocket powered by liquid oxygen and methane.
"The ticket price needs to be low enough that most people in advanced countries, in their mid-forties or something like that, could put together enough money to make the trip," Musk said at the event, where he received the Royal Aeronautical Society’s gold medal for his contribution to the commercialization of space with SpaceX.
The new city—which analysts suggest is about 10 years away from being possible— would use sustainable technology. Initially, Musk—also the co-founder of Tesla— has plans to send just a small group of people who would build a transparent dome that could be pressurized so that they could farm on Martian soil, reports Forbes.
According to a Space.com report, Musk likened the Mars colony to the settlement of the United States, and said that it would eventually be cheap enough for more people to go. It would have to eventually be populated by enough people to make the gene and culture pool large enough to create a sustainable community.
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