SpaceX founder Elon Musk has warned that humanity may only have a short amount of time to travel to Mars before World War III breaks out. Musk says that if a global war breaks out, travelling to the red planet would become impossible.
SpaceX are preparing to develop spacecraft technology which will be able to take humans to Mars in order to help ensure the longterm survival of mankind, reports GQ.
Musk says that aliens on Mars may be able to help ensure humanity survives in the event of a third world war on Earth that wipes out life.
‘You back up your hard drive…. Maybe we should back up life, too?’ he said.
However, Musk, 44, who co-founded PayPal, insisted it was important for mankind to seize the opportunity to visit Mars while there is currently the technology and the impetus.
He warned there may only be a brief amount of time to accomplish this mission before something like a war or religious extremism causes a move against technology.
Musk said: ”I think we need to acknowledge that there’s certainly a possibility of a third World War, and if that does occur it could be far worse than anything that’s happened before.
‘Let’s say nuclear weapons are used. I mean, there could be a very powerful social movement that’s anti-technology.
‘There’s also growth in religious extremism. Like, I mean, does ISIS grow…?’
SpaceX is currently one of two private companies providing cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station.
His company has also been developing reusable rockets that can land on barges at sea, but in June suffered a setback when its Falcon 9 rocket broke apart shortly after liftoff.
It has also been developing a version of its Dragon cargo spacecraft that will be capable of carrying crew.
But Musk said he was preparing to announce detailed plans of a mission to colonise Mars early next year, known as the Mars Colonisation Transport programme.
He said: ‘I think it’s gonna seem pretty crazy, no matter what. It’s really big. There’s not been any architecture like this described that I’m aware of.’
Earlier this year Nasa employees revealed a ‘budget’ plan to send a SpaceX capsule to the red planet in 2020 to return samples left by the next Mars rover.
Musk also recently discussed an idea to make Mars more habitable by using ‘nuclear pulses’ in the upper atmosphere to heat the planet.
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