Mars mission: Elon Musk says first settlers on Red Planet will live in glass domes
One of the goals when it comes to the upcoming Mars missions is to colonize the neighboring planet. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently stated that those who would become the first settlers on the red planet would have to live in glass domes.
Musk has already been planning for potential colonization of the neighboring planet as space agencies are already preparing for the upcoming Mars missions. Musk shared on Twitter that because of the lack of atmosphere on Mars, the first people who will settle there will be temporarily residing in glass domes. However, before the first settlers arrive on Mars, the red planet will have to be terraformed as soon as possible. Terraforming refers to transforming a planet to make its conditions similar to Earth’s which would make it habitable for humans.
“Life in glass domes at first. Eventually, terraformed to support life, like Earth,” tweeted Musk. “Terraforming will be too slow to be relevant in our lifetime. However, we can establish a human base in our lifetime. At least a future spacefaring civilization -- discovering our ruins -- will be impressed humans got that far. “
Musk previously shared that a way to terraform Mars is through the use of thermonuclear explosives in its polar regions. These regions are where the most carbon dioxide on the planet is stored. This would result in carbon dioxide getting released into the atmosphere to thicken it, and making the planet warm enough to sustain liquid water. However, the SpaceX CEO already warned of the dangers of being among the first people to set foot on Mars.
Musk previously stated that being able to make the trip to Mars, more so get to work on establishing a base on Mars is not for the faint of heart. Musk warned that the first travelers to Mars may die in the midst of an attempt to put up a base.
Meanwhile, NASA’s Perseverance Rover is currently on its way to the Red Planet and will touch down on the Martian surface next year. But even as it is on its way at the moment, the agency has recorded the sounds of space as the Rover makes its way to Mars. The agency has since released the recordings of space sounds on its SoundCloud, where a faint humming noise could be heard.